Meiomi Pinot Noir is sourced from Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties in California.
According to the bottle, the word Meiomi comes from the California Wappo tribe and means “coast”. The vineyards where Meiomi Pinot Noir comes from are all coastal vineyards in California.
Joseph Wagner is the winemaker for Meiomi Pinot Noir. He carefully crafts the wine to take advantage of the layers that come from the three different vineyards that make up the wine.
The alcohol content of Meiomi Pinot Noir is 13.9% by volume.
Meiomi also produces a Chardonnay. Here’s my review of that wine: Meiomi Chardonnay
Meiomi Pinot Noir Tasting
The wine pours dark in the glass with colors of deep plum. Perhaps darker than the average Pinot Noir, light doesn’t shine through this wine. Meiomi Pinot Noir is very leggy in the glass with many slow dripping tears that remain on the sides of the glass for some time.
Upon first sniff, I immediately noticed a good spicy whiff of alcohol in the nose. You may want to allow the wine to get some air for several minutes in order to mute this effect. This wine is aromatic with a very lofty nose. From afar I picked up some hints of mocha. Up close revealed leathery black raspberry scents. All in all, very enjoyable.
Sipping the Meiomi Pinot Noir I noticed flavors of multiple bright berries. This lighter and brighter flavor contrasted well with the heavy appearance and milky mouthfeel. Additionally, an initial chaos of complexity was noticed in the first taste. Things settled down a bit after the wine had a chance to breathe.
Bright tannins were noted. The wine also finished somewhat bright. The finish length was short to medium initially on the tongue. A longer dark berry finish on the cheeks was also noticed.
Overall, I thought the Meiomi Pinot Noir was great! A nice lush Pinot Noir at a good price.
I enjoyed the fact that there were multiple facets to the tasting experience. One bright and the other deep and dark. I think this is attributable to the winemaker’s goal to achieve the “best expressions” of the different coastal vineyards.
I would strongly suggest letting this wine decant for a good fifteen minutes or so to allow the alcohol to dissipate a bit. The wine reviewed was a 2011 which may still have been a bit young at the time I tasted it.
I’m sure cellaring this wine for a couple years would add to the tasting experience. Recommend!
Meiomi Pinot Noir price about $19.99.
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