Not many people can trace their profession back five generations. Joseph Wagner, however, is one of those people. Joseph’s father and grandparents founded a little winery called Caymus back in 1971. Thirty years later at the ripe old age of nineteen, Joseph started work on creating his own single vineyard Pinot Noir label. He named it Belle Glos, after his grandmother. You might recognize the distinct wine bottle with loads of red wax running down the side. Not long after, Joseph and the family created the Meiomi brand. Meiomi is now “the leading luxury Pinot Noir in the U.S.” according to the winery literature.
Meiomi differs from Belle Glos in several ways. Most obvious is the sourcing of the fruit. While Belle Glos focuses on creating single vineyard wines, Meiomi’s wines are a blend of three of California’s most well known coastal AVA’s. Also, Meiomi recently introduced Chardonnay to the lineup, while Belle Glos continues to focus solely on Pinot. Lastly, the price points are a little different. Belle Glos retails in the $40-$50 range while Meiomi retails in the $20-$25 range.
The American Viticultural Areas (AVA’s) Meiomi sources their fruit from included Sonoma County, Monterey County and Santa Barbara County. Each area imparts it’s distinct characteristics on the wine and helps to create a consistent wine year after year. A wine that is suited quite well for restaurant settings: consistent, drink now, great price points.
Meiomi 2013 Pinot Noir
37% Monterey County, 34% Sonoma County, 29% Santa Barbara County
Deep garnet in color with a nose of strawberry and vanilla oak. The palate takes on plum, cherry and subtle cinnamon notes, with a medium body and a creamy smooth finish. This wine is a ripe, fruit forward wine and if you’ve enjoyed previous vintages of Meiomi Pinot Noir you should really like this one. The wine was aged in 100% French oak with 60% of that being new and the alcohol comes in at 13.8%. Retail price $21.99. Weekly Wine Journal rating 91 points.
Meiomi 2013 Chardonnay
49% Santa Barbara County, 30% Sonoma County, 21% Monterey County
Golden straw in color with a nose of tropical fruit. On the palate, pear, pineapple and a little minerality. This wine underwent malolactic fermentation which gives it a nice creamy mouthfeel and softness. Alcohol also comes in at 13.8% and retails for $21.99. Weekly Wine Journal rating 90 points.
*review samples provided by Copper Cane Wines & Provisions