From the vine to the wine. This week’s Wine Wednesday feature is steeped in family history. It’s a story of the Wagner family spanning five generations who privately own and produce many familiar and popular labels such as Caymus, Conundrum, Meiomi and also Belle Glos (pronounced bell gloss and named after winemaker Joseph Wagner’s Grandmother Lorna Belle Glos Wagner). The Wagner family farms their own vineyards thus overseeing the quality from start to finish.
Winemaker Joseph Wagner is well known for his Pinot Noirs – Meiomi and Belle Glos. The 2014 Belle Glos Oeil de Perdrix (French for eye of the partridge which refers to its jewel like color) is a Pinot Noir Blanc from Sonoma County.
A Pinot Noir Blanc is made from Pinot Noir Grapes. Pinot Noir grapes produce clear juice and the red color of Pinot Noir comes from the skins. In a Pinot Noir Blanc the juice is exposed to the skins for a shorter amount of time.
On the nose I enjoyed hints of strawberry and orange but actually what struck me as dreamsicle and a slight minerality. It’s a light bodied dry wine with a pleasant concentration of fruit on the palate. Serve this wine well chilled 45°- 50°F. It’s a great summer wine by itself. We enjoyed this with Seared Sea Scallops and I think it would pair wonderfully with a Lobster BLT Salad. To print or save my recipe pairing suggestions, click the links below.