Meiomi Pinot Noir California
Meiomi was founded in only 2006 by fifth generation winemaker Joe Wagner, of Caymus family fame. Meiomi means "coast" to the native coastal dwelling Wappo and Yuki tribes. Their Pinot Noir is produced from grapes sourced in California's Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties, some of the best winegrowing regions for producing world-class Pinot Noir. This is thanks to the dense fogs and brilliant sun, to the high winds, cool coastal air, and diverse terrain. Each of the vineyards chosen for this wine offers the best expression of their respective appellations, carefully blended to achieve balance, complexity, and richness of flavor yet remain an approachable, value-priced bottle.
A rich garnet color with a ruby edge, the wine opens to reveal lifted fruit aromas of bright strawberry and jammy fruit, mocha, and vanilla, along with toasty oak notes. Expressive boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, juicy strawberry, and toasty mocha flavors lend complexity and depth on the palate. The well-integrated oak provides structure and depth seldom seen in Pinot Noir. Made from 60% Monterey County (dark plum, savory edge, black tea leaves, fleshy texture), 23% Santa Barbara County (bright red fruit, baking spices, cranberry, creamy viscosity), and 17% Sonoma County (Bing cherry and strawberry, earthiness, mid-palate weight).