2011 Belle Glos "Meiomi" California Pinot Noir

SKU #1107318 92 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buy* Dark and rich, showing toasty mocha oak flavors, with a beam of wild berry, raspberry, cola, vanilla and spice. Long on the finish. Drink now through 2020.  (3/ 2013)

K&L Notes

A brand new release, the Meiomi is consistently one of the most user-friendly wines in the store. Plenty of ripe and spicy fruit, the 2011 shows even a bit more brightness and freshness than the 2010 had. This wine is very silky in the mouth, with hints of toasty oak and strawberry jam that linger on the finish. (Clyde "Trey" Beffa III, K&L Domestic wine buyer) Winemaker Joseph Wagner says the 2011 Meiomi is 51% from Monterey County, 23% from Santa Barbara County and 26% from Sonoma County, aged for nine months in 60% new French oak barrels. Made in a fruit-foward appraochable style to drink right now. Wagner's tasting notes: "Dark, deep garnet color. Sumptuous aromas of ripe berries, vanilla and spicy oak. Upon entry, the mouth is coated with a velvety richness, but the acidity enlivens the weight and pops the flavors. The senses will pick up light roasted almond, cranberry, raspberries with ever so a hint of barnyard complexity--earthy and gamey. Underlined with a sweet oak character, mocha and cola. An extremely layered wine both in structure and flavor. These textured layers emerge independently, and then rejoin beautifully into a rounded, rich and supple wine with a succulent finish."

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9