Belle Glos Las Alturas 2016
The Spanish term ‘Las Alturas’ means ‘the heights’, a fitting name for this vineyard located on one of the highest grape-growing benches in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. At this elevation, the
sunny but very cool climate creates a wine bearing all the hallmarks of this coastal region: robust, expressive, full bodied and balanced by a firm acidity. Nestled between the Santa Lucia Mountains
and the western side of Salinas Valley, Las Alturas benefits from early morning fog which rolls in most days from Monterey Bay then burns off within a few hours. Gusty winds funnel in from the
bay throughout the afternoon, moderating the overall temperature and contributing to one of the longest growing seasons in California. The high winds also result in smaller berries with very thick
skins, giving us more color concentration. Another attractive characteristic of this vineyard is the low-vigor, free-draining sub-soil made up of a calcareous base underneath a layer of sandy loam.
This complements our farming techniques to further reduce our yields per vine and augment the fruit’s intensity.
Deep ruby red in color with intriguing aromas of sun-warmed blackberries, ripe plums and hints of black licorice. A complexity of dark berry fruits unfolds on the palate, with flavors of blackberry,
Bing cherry and dark chocolate predominating. Vanilla and cedar oak undertones on the mid-palate further enhance the wine. The overall impression is rich with refined tannins, firm
acidity and explosive layers of ripe fruit.