My goal with each of the Belle Glos single-vineyard Pinot Noir vineyards is to express the genuine uniqueness of each vineyard site. Our Clark & Telephone vineyard is located in the Santa Maria Valley AVA, which is unlike most North American wine growing regions, as the valley runs from east-to-west instead of parallel to the ocean. This creates a much cooler climate because the wind and sea fog are funneled directly in from the Pacific, resulting in a long growing season and ripening period for the grapes. Perfect for growing our style of Pinot Noir.
This vineyard was planted in 1972 to the Martini clone of Pinot Noir on its own roots. As a result of intensive pruning and crop thinning, the vines produce loose clusters, with small, intensely flavored berries, yielding dense, dark-berry fruit and abundant sweet brown spice characteristics that are synonymous with this particular clone.
I’m very happy to say that since it’s first release in 2002, The Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir has been growing in popularity. The 2010 vintage was rated 93 points by Wine Spectator Magazine and was featured in their Top 100 wine list of 2012. Wine & Spirits Magazine also rated Belle Glos as the #1 Most Popular Pinot Noir in both their 2011 and 2012 Annual Restaurant Polls.
Thanks to our loyal pinot-philes, we are able to take this vineyard one step further. I know how much our fans enjoy this wine, so on March 11th, 2013 we planted more Pinot Noir vines at this beautiful site, using some adjoining land that was previously planted to Chardonnay. Once we pulled out the old vines, we ripped the ground in three directions at a depth of three feet. The block was then cultivated with discs to get the ground ready to plant. Beginning with breaking ground, then planting and covering with cartons for protection from wind and sun, and finally having irrigation up and running, it took nearly 3 weeks. Now on to the careful tending of the young vines as they mature over the next decade or so, into world class Pinot Noir fruit bearers. Thanks to our trusted vineyard managers and Belle Glos fans for playing an important role in helping us preserve and cultivate a bright future for our Clark & Telephone Vineyard.
- Joseph Wagner, Winemaker & Viticulturist
Clark & Telephone Vineyard (Photo Copyright by Lee Ibarra and The Wagner Family of Wine)