Meiomi Rose comes from Acampo, California, USA and the 2016 vintage is the first time Meiomi has ever released a Rose.
According to the tasting notes, fruit for this wine was sourced from three different counties…
48% Sonoma, 43% Monterey and 9% Santa Barbara, with each county said to contribute its own flavor characteristics.
The wine was aged in stainless steel and the predominate varietal is Pinot Noir.
As a wine reviewer who receives samples of many different wines, I’m in a good position to see trends.
One of the trends I’m seeing is a re-energized emphasis on Rose. Meiomi releasing Rose for the first time is a good example of this trend, in my opinion.
I actually started seeing this in 2016 and it’s quite possible it started a year or two prior.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Rose appeals to millennials at this season of their life and that’s what’s driving this trend. Of course, I could be totally wrong. ;-)
Anyway, look for more Rose reviews to come as this trend evolves.
Now, back to the review…
Meiomi Rose Review
From the bottle:
Inspired by coastal maritime influences, Meiomi Rose bursts with vibrant, floral aromas and mouthwatering fruit flavors of strawberry, cranberry and watermelon.
Sample received for review purposes and I was so pleased to be considered to taste an inaugural release from such a well known wine brand!
In appearance, Meiomi Rose is pale salmon in color and very translucent.
Light shining through leaves a lovely pale pink glow on the table.
It’s quite a leggy wine and it coats up the glass nicely when tipped. Legs appear in various sizes and forms and are mostly slow to fall.
I normally don’t expect a Rose to have much of an aroma, but this wine’s aroma is noticeable from a foot away from the glass.
It’s enjoyable, with notes of fresh watermelon and strawberry. You might find the aroma similar to a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio.
Meiomi Rose alcohol content 13.2% by volume, per the bottle. There’s no sting of alcohol in the nose.
I tasted this wine slightly chilled.
On the palate, you get chamomile, cranberry and orange zest coupled with a good bit of minerality and acidity.
For some reason, I was expecting sweetness however none was present, which suited me well.
I found the taste enjoyable, uncomplicated and easily sippable.
The wine exhibited a lush mouthfeel with some very mild tannins on the sides of the tongue.
The finish was long lasting and pleasant.
It started out with the orange zest flavors but then slowly gave way to just a bit of bitterness.
Overall, I enjoyed this off-dry Rose and I think Meiomi is off to a great start with this inaugural vintage.
Give this a try if you want to get on Meiomi’s “ground floor” of Rose. And, enjoy it as a nice summer sipper.
Meiomi Rose price $19.99.
Suggested Food Pairing
Give this one a try with Food and Wine’s recommendation of rosemary flatbread with blue cheese.
Actually, I think anything cheesy would pair well with this wine as the acidity might balance out the richness of the cheese. Go for a richer cheese versus a lighter cheese in this case.