Meiomi Chardonnay comes from California, USA. What’s most notable about this wine is that the Chardonnay grapes are sourced from three different counties.
37% come from Monterey County.
36% come from Sonoma County.
27% come from Santa Barbara County.
Meiomi does this to achieve “the best expression of their respective appellations…”
Along with their Chardonnay, Meiomi also produces a Pinot Noir that I’ve reviewed: Meiomi Pinot Noir
I’ve also reviewed the inaugural release of their Rose, which you can find here: Meiomi Rose
Sample of Meiomi Chardonnay received for review purposes.
Meiomi Chardonnay Review
From the bottle:
Meiomi Chardonnay embodies the characters of California’s most notable coastal wine regions. Unifying the unique characters from each region allows this Chardonnay to distinguish itself as an elegant, balanced Chardonnay fully formed.
I tasted the 2014 vintage of this wine with help from my friend Al.
In the glass, this wine was brilliantly brassy in color. Picture the color of a shiny brass trumpet!
Light shining through revealed bright yellow reflections.
We also noticed lots of tiny bubbles on the bottom of our glasses.
The wine exhibited numerous legs that fell in two different waves. The first wave being quick to fall and the second much slower.
From about a foot away, I quickly noted a pear aroma coming from my glass.
Up closer we noted hints of peach, citrus and more pear.
Very little alcohol was noticed in the aroma.
Meiomi Chardonnay alcohol content 13.6% by volume per the bottle.
Upon tasting this wine, we both were pleasantly surprised at the amount of complexity in the flavor.
We had to take a moment to dissect everything that was going on. And another sip!
When we did, we determined the wine’s flavors were primarily pear (with a subtle sweetness) and slightly tart citrus (combining lemon and lime flavors).
I felt the subtle sweetness was most noticeable on my tongue.
Mouthfeel and Tannins
Though I usually reserve the category of “mouthfeel and tannins” for red wines, these attributes are very present in Meiomi Chardonnay.
The wine has a lush, creamy mouthfeel and waxy tannins. Taken together, I’d call it “juicy.”
The tannins are noticeable at the very end of the finish as a slight bitterness that is well balanced by the lingering sweetness on the palate.
The wine finished medium to long and the finish was nicely round.
Overall, we both felt this wine deserved high marks.
The winemaker succeeded in bringing complexity to the taste by combining the attributes of fruit sourced from multiple counties.
That taste was enjoyable and easy drinking.
I happen to like a slightly less sweet Chardonnay, but I’m confident that most people would really enjoy this wine.
Meiomi Chardonnay suggested retail price $20.99.
Suggested Food Pairing
Food and Wine has a great suggestion of pairing Braised Chicken Thighs and Parsnips with a pear scented Chardonnay.
Sounds like a tasty match!