Thursday, November 22, 2012

Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir, 2011

Meiomi is a Wappo Indian word for "shore," and the grapes for this wine come from vineyards along the Pacific coast from three areas--Santa Barbara, Sonoma Coast and Monterey County. According to the winemaker, "the wines are carefully crafted so that (the characteristics of these appellations)...enhance and build on each other for an evocative and memorable Pinot Noir."

The Monterey County part of the cuvee (51%) provides the darker color and fuller body that most drinkers of New World wines expect. At the moment, though, the dark cherry, cinnamon traits of Santa Barbara (23%) seem to dominate the bright wild berry notes of the Sonoma Coast (26%). It's a very enjoyable wine, and I'd like to see how it develops over the next several years.

Meiomi Pinot Noir was highly recommended to me by a couple of wine enthusiasts. When the wine was discounted from $25 to $15 by Meijer Supermarket in Kalamazoo, I decided to give it a try, and I was not disappointed, although I still prefer the Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations.

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