Meiomi Belle Glos has not only an interesting name, but an interesting back story to go with their award winning Pinot Noirs. Recently I had the opportunity to have dinner in Mesazul at the Trump Doral in Miami. I was having a fabulous pan-seard Ahi Tuna with lime and cilantro and the Meiomi Pinot Noir 2011 was a luscious pairing – couldn’t have been better – one of those stand-out evenings with food and wine that will not be forgotten. View a good video below.
Joseph Wagner is the owner and winemaker of Meiomi [May-oh-mee]. His father, Chuck Wagner, is the winemaker and owner of Caymus Vineyards and it doesn’t stop there. Paternal grandmother Lorna Belle Glos Wagner is the inspiration behind the Meiomi Belle Glos Pinot Noirs, with more expensive single vineyard Pinots When the senior Wagners partnered with son Chuck to begin the launch of Caymus on their Napa ranch, history was made and continues on with Joseph at Meiomi.
According to Meiomi’s website, this Pinot is ready to drink and enjoy when it hits the retailer’s shelf.
Bucking tradition, this Pinot Noir is a blend of multiple vineyards stretching along the California coast starting from Sonoma, to Monterey, and last but not least…Santa Barbara.
Each of the vineyards within these three appellations are in Region I climates, designated by UC Davis as the optimal climate to grow this temperamental variety…
The 2011 Meiomi Pinot Noir is 51% Monterey Country fruit, 26% Sonoma County and 23% Santa Barbara County. A gorgeous purple hue, rich in juicy black fruit, medium-bodies with a velvety mouthfeel, beautiful long finish that keeps your hand on the wine glass. Nicely balanced, lushly crafted. I personally love the slight and very attractive figginess of this wine.
I’ve had a lot of Pinot in my time, but it’s hard to get to excited about shopping for it, it because those I find enjoyable are usually priced outside of what I think reasonable, and usually worth only half the price. The Meiomi Pinot Noir costs about $20 or slightly under. Joe Wagner has found a special niche here. A rich and delicious bottle of wine that those familiar with the label say has been consistent year after year. That’s hard to do with Pinot. The March 2013 issue of Wine Spectator scored this wine at 92 and I think it deserves it. When your Dad is the legendary winemaker at Caymus, getting your product reviewed anywhere can’t be too hard. Pinot Noir is so dastardly difficult to produce. I will continue to shop for Meiomi.
The video below is Joe in the Russian River Valley explaining the vines and soil.