Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Meiomi Pinot Noir

Meiomi_SmallI am pleased to talk about one of my favorite go-to wines, the Meiomi Pinot Noir. If you have seen this on a restaurant wine list but haven’t tried it yet, let me encourage you to do so. It’s popular for a reason! Produced by the Wagner Family, who knows how to make quality, approachable wines, Meiomi is made up of grapes sourced from across the California coast, including Monterey, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara.

For me, Pinot can be a hit or miss proposition; many are so light there’s hardly any flavor, but the Meiomi is rich and luxurious with really pronounced dark fruit flavors.They call it “a Cab drinker’s Pinot,” and I agree. It’s big and bold, with rich cherry flavors and a smooth finish of mocha and spice. I have had the 2014 twice lately, and each has been great.

If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing wine under $20 to bring to a holiday party, this is it! It’s also on the wine list at Tavolo, so try it there with dinner the next time you’re out.

4 corksOn my five-cork scale based on taste and value, I give the 2014 Meiomi Pinot Noir 4 corks!

If you’d like to try interesting wines like this at our next Wine Wednesday Tasting Party at Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille, click here to win a spot on the guest list!

Brian Demay

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