Pale pink with a copper hue, this wine has a classic eye of the partridge color. Citrus-driven aromas carry through to the palate. On entry, bright acidity enlivens the dense, creamy orange note with layers of dried, tart apricot. The brightness verges on minerality, but there is so much weight that the richness balances out the firm acidity and carries flavors of dried fruit through the long-lasting finish.
Oeil-de-perdrix—French for "eye of the partridge"—is a traditional term for this wine's seductive, jewel-like color. To capture this shade along with the wine's crisp acidity and bold berry flavors, Belle Glos lightly pressed the fresh pinot noir juice from the whole clusters, then allowed a brief love affair with spicy French oak barrels during and after fermentation.