Epitomizes all that is wrong with most California Pinot. Thick dull tar taste. Slightly better than most California Pinot, but still a dud. I thought the bottle might improve with air. It changed and became less astringent, but there was no reward for the wait. As I had a guest, I should have moved onto a different wine.
LA = 90+ with initial wow factor on fruit. Opened yesterday and let it warm up for about two hours and wasn't very good. Today it is very good with mild nose of light leather, forest floor, and dark fruit. Nice, smooth mouth feel and medium to long finish. What a difference a day makes. I'll buy again but decant and give it plenty of time to breath.
Very dark, almost purple hue. Aromas of sweet cream, berries, sarsaparilla, and oak spices with tastes like bright cherry, cola, dried leaves undertoned with vanilla, leather and high style oak. The wine has a lingering, succulent finish
The Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir is ripe, rich and round on the palate; fine and friendly from start to finish. The wine looks Garnet colored with medium legs and body. The wine has smooth texture and finishes medium.
We started the night with a bottle of Belle Glos 2010 Meiomi (which is a Pinot Noir). Now there are those who find the Meiomi wine to be a little on the jammy and full side, especially for a Pinot Noir - "it's wine, but it isn't Pinot" ... and while I see their point it is one of my guilty pleasure wines, it's just one of those reds that puts a smile on your face with it (too?) fresh fruitedness and the 2010 delivered exactly what I was expecting: rich black cherry, hints of white pepper and light touches of other spices. Is it classic Pinot Noir? Not by a long shot, but it is tasty, and has the ability to turn non-Pinot drinkers around, in that they don't hate all Pinots.
My first taste of this producer, nose of cherry, blackberry, roasted meat, and dusty earth, more of the same on the palate, very tasty, surprisingly so, medium body, lots of flavor on the mid palate, a little short on the finish compared to the palate, a long finish. Great value for $18.
There a lot of critics that do not like this due to it's lack of varietal character, 'pinot on steroids', etc., but at the end of the day this is simply DELICIOUS - Dark, full bodied with a nose of plum, cherry, cola, spice and creamy vanilla, good structure, a bit off balance with some heat (13.8%? doubt it), sweet and smooth on the palate with excellent length, nice! (89 Points).
Better than the bottle I tasted 10/12, someone said too much residual sugar, I don't agree, someone said it tasted more like a syrah, maybe, certainly leans toward the dark side, with black cherry, dark plum, rich and concentrated.
Wow. A huge, gigantic, overwhelming and overpowering Pinot (?) that feels as if it has a large amount of Syrah in it. Very round, silky and showy with tons (yes, literally, like 2000 pounds) of sweet fruit puree, juice, plum flesh and macerated cherry. I just can't like it. Call it a Syrah/Pinot blend and maybe I'd be onboard.
My intro to this wine. Friends have been recommending it as a solid value pinot noir. Red fruit and vanilla on the nose. Big black cherry fruit on the front of the palate. So much so, that the wine seems as if it has residual sugar, although it is dry. The vanilla from the toasted oak is also overwhelming. Enough of my negative observations... nice mouth-feel with a silky texture that persists. Wine has some character for this price point, with a textured mid-palate and a long finish, albeit of cherry cough syrup. I wanted to really like this wine. It had some interesting complexity for a pinot in this price range. It would be better as an apperitif, or with a spicy white meat dish.
Very good but you have to realize, as many others have said, this is no Oregon or Burgundian pinot...it is, as some have called it Pinot Sirah. Full bodied, and there is so much fruit you have to search for many of the classic Pinot forest floor, earth, and mushroom flavors. As long as all Pinot doesn't become this, the style has its place and this one is well made and a great value @ $16-18.
I usually say "I don't like a Pinot I can afford." However, Meiomi is a rare exception. This is a bright, fruit forward (but not cough syrupy), flavorful every day Pinot that I recommend to frends and associates.
WSET Level 2 Class 2 (BCIT Downtown Campus, Vancouver, BC): Tasted blind. Clear, medium ruby with hints of purple. Nose is clean, with medium+ aromas of very ripe jammy red fruit, even a hint of blueberry. Palate is dry, medium- acid, medium- tannin, medium body, with flavours of sweet strawberries, boysenberries. Texture is silky, but mid-palete is a bit hollow. Finish is medium. Good quality, but lacking pinot noir typicity.
2nd bottle much, much better than first. Smoother, with the persistent cherry notes. More in balance with less herbalist, bombastic green-ness. May have been travel shock, since this bottle has been sitting quietly for 4 months. Much improved.
Gone through more than a case now and found some inconsistency from bottle to bottle. Tonight's bottle is above the average. PnP through the vinturi. In the glass: Inky magenta, super pigmented, decent legs. On the nose: Black cherries, charcoal, baking spice. In the mouth: medium mouth feel, sweet dark cherries on the tongue with some cinnamon stick & charcoal minerals, light tannin bite, light finish. This bottle shows a bit more structure than some of the previous. You can decant, but it drinks well right out of the bottle. Sometimes its interesting to see how the wine changes the longer its in the glass. This wine tastes more expensive, but not a typical pinot (at least not for Oregon). If you don't like fruit, this one's not for you. Its an everyday drinker around our house.
This has been rated well by others but I thought it was terrible. This was a very light almost watered down tasting wine. Very thin and the color was almost pink. Initial flavor was fruity and not overly terrible, but not worth an 80+ score from me.
Great under $20 Pinot! Based on QPR it's more like a 92+ point wine. Good balance, dark color, subtle "Pinot nose" with a subtle smokey touch that also shows on the palate. Fruit forward and a bit jammy when swirled. Has some mild tannins that give a dry finish.
Very dark in color for a Pinot. Although primarily Monterrey fruit, the color, nose and flavors are akin to the Santa Barbara style. Nice cherry nose with strawberry undercurrents. Fruit forward, wth sweet cherry flavors and a harmonious vanilla finish. An entertaining wine.
Generally similar to a previous bottle. Beautiful if heavy oak treatment helps smooth the slightly confected nose of mixed berries, cotton candy and bubble gum. Lovely balance on the palate. Not a huge amount of pinot noir character, but a fun wine and good value for drinking in the short term. A lengthy decant will help blow off a bit of fumey alcohol. By the glass at Fresco.
Score is based on Day 2, when things seemed to settle down. Not very complex. Very fruit forward. Awkward nose of grass and earth on Day 1. This is very heavy for a Pinot; if tasted blind I would have pegged it as a blend. Not really my taste, so I do not get the 90+ scores here.
Much better on day 2. Yesterday this was an absolute mess of in-your-face fruit (mostly stewed cherries), weird menthol/mint/eucalyptus aromas, and excessive alcohol. To be fair, it did have some interesting cedar and vanilla notes, but it was mostly disjointed and everything just clashed. It was the wine equivalent of listening to a bunch of horribly off-key R&B singers trying to "top" one another at maximum volume. Tonight, the fruit (more plums and raspberries than cherries) is still very prominent, but isn't quite as cooked. It's also noticeably sweeter tonight. The alcohol/astringency has disappeared and the wine is pretty smooth. It's heavy and syrupy for a Pinot (not my style) and there's very little finish. For the price, it's decent enough.
Opened 2 bottles, 1st one had only 20 minutes before drinking. A dark Ruby red color, nice odors but seemed thin and short on the flavor side. The second bottle however was opened for an hour and this really started to show that this was not a bad choice..stronger plum flavors jumped out with some earthen woody notes, then the finish, light cherries left on the tongue! More towards an Outstanding pinot vs Very Good Pinot.
Unscrewed and poured. Color dark and almost opaque (surprisingly so for a Pinot). Nose is weirdly dark fruit with some vegetal whiff with a dash of VA. On the palate this shows dark fruit and toasted oak, but blind I would pick a darker fruit than Pinot. I am guessing that there is a significant dose of some blending varietal to give this body. Not my style. Would drink beer instead.
Unmistakeably new world. This is a huge Pinot, right up to the border of being over the top, but just stays in bounds. Very dark (who would have guessed Pinot to look at it?); raspberries and cherries galore on the nose; thick, viscous mouthfeel, slight heat on the finish. Ooops, did I just describe the Cab I was drinking?? No, this is just that big. I classify this as a fun Pinot, and I really like it. But if you are looking for Burgundian silkiness, elegance and finesse, this is not your Pinot. Great QPR.
Displaying a deep garnet color, the 2010 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Meiomi has youthful, primary aromas of cola, blackberries and a sweet cedar note. Very full-bodied and densely packed with fruit in the mouth, it has a medium-high level of acid and firm grainy tannins, finishing a little warm. The longer you leave the bottle open, the more body and flavor you are going to enjoy. Worth decanting. Consider drinking this now through 2017
(13.8%) 57% Monterrey County, 23% Santa Barbara, 20% Sonoma – On the palate this one is big, plush and ripe. Fruit forward by any definition with sweet cherry cola but yet manages to show some complexity and balance with an orange peel spice on the finish before the vanilla bean, barrel train takes over to drive this one home as it lingers (warmly and) nicely. While outside of my preferred Pinot style there is certainly a lot to like here. Especially at $18. That said be sure to pair this one accordingly (treat it like a Cabernet Sauvignon)…
Wine Geek Notes: Made by Joseph Wagner of Caymus family fame; twist-off
I really enjoyed this wine very light acidity and lots of flavor. With flavors of red berries and a hint of cocoa. I. Had it with a chicken parm and it couldn't have hit the spot any better. Defiinately will buy again!!!!!
Prominently aromatic but very pleasing and complex oak treatment over a nice core of red berries. The smoky, buttery, vanilla oak creates a smooth, almost elegant mouthfeel. Nice depth, ripe and sweet but in fine balance. An excellent value California pinot. Off the list at the Madison Club.
Cherry cordial without the chocolate. Fruity bur not exceptional. Classic California pinot. Herbal notes are fairly heavy but a touch out of balance. Its too green without any redeeming bardyard funk. Nice, but its a 20.00 pinot and it tastes it. Not a great wine, it's a decent pinot at a decent price.
PnP. Deep Ruby color. Medium/Slow legs. Cranberry, Spice, Dried Fruit and Vegitals on the nose. Tastes of Tart Cherry, Dried Cherry, Strawberry and Oak. Bright acidity helps balance sugars. Soft/Chewy texture. Long finish. 13.8% ABV.
A little tight at first. Opened up after 30 minutes. Would like to match this up against some BBQ.
Restaurant purchase, notes from memory. Very fruit-forward Pinot noir, California all the way. Cherry with nice baking spices on the nose, reprised on the palate with just a touch of smoke. The tannin is understated but very smooth, and provides just enough structure to hold things together. Similarly, this is not tremendously acidic, but has just enough to keep the sweet fruit from being overwhelming. It's mouth-filling, but with a finish that is only medium in length. Not a long-term ager, I'll still bet this is better in a year or two than it is today. Right now, a bit simple, but quite delicious. I'm guessing, based on the restaurant price, that this retails for under $20. At that price, it would make for a good value Pinot noir.
Nice cherry aromas acompanied by some spicy floral hints. Slight smokiness on the mid palate. Great with light fare. Not as complex as I was anticipating, none the less an excellent wine for the value.
Was somewhat disappointed with this wine, after all the positive reviews. Very shy on the nose, with only slight aromas of red plum and flint peeking through. It's lush on the palate, though, offering notes of ripe black cherry, fruit punch, raspberry-infused milk chocolate, and an interesting whisper of tarragon on the finish. It's plenty fleshy in flavor and silky on the tongue, but in the end it comes across as a bit flabby - even syrupy. The acidity just isn't sufficient to counter-balance the ripe fruit. Fans of soft, juicy-fruity wines may like it (not that there's anything wrong with that).
Second tasting of this gem at Clarkston Union. This time enjoyed with chopped salad, delicious! Deep garnet color with medium legs. Aromas of cherries, strawberries, hint of smoke and spice. Really well made, balanced, complex wine with taste of tart cherries, berries, and pleasant finish on the mid palatte with light tannins and chocolate covered cherries.
With Changhoon, David W., Jen & I at Mehek (Indian) in Princeton: Delicious and rich fruit -- cherry, raspberry, dark fruit. Very big, bold and fruity, with a little oak and vanilla on the end. Modern California in style, but showy. A real crowd-pleaser. Best on its own, without any food at all. The heavy heat (habenero chili) was a little bit much for the wine. Very good QPR.
color: medium shade of purple; nose: faint oak x cherry cola; taste: lots of happy -- medium-bodied mouth feel, fruity black cherry taste, medium-length tobacco-tinged finish with very smooth tannins; overall: Anne Hathaway as a wine -- young, modern, attractive, balanced, together, not overly complex; reasonable QPR ($20)
Giant Wine Sale & Tasting 4/7/2012 (Cellar on Greene, Columbia, SC): We now have had several vintages of this stellar wine to enjoy, and this may be the best. This is a big, dark Pinot, packed with flavor and richness. Very California in style, the fruit is dominant in the flavor profile, but there is a lot more going on. The color is very dark for a Pinot. The style is bold and heavy. The nose has big blueberry, fresh broken twig tree sap, herbal spiciness, wet earth, and black cherry. Expressive, but soft, rounded, and ready to drink concentrated blueberry, blackberry and plum fruit. Plenty of new French oak. For a Pinot, the viscosity is almost syrupy. There is a cool climate, what I thought was Sonoma Coast, but obviously includes Monterrey and Santa Barbara, rustic, earthy, evergreen with caramel flavor. Quite well integrated considering it's relative youth. You get the alcohol on the palate, but it is not intrusive. The heavy duty finish is oakey, earthy, vanilla and black cherry.
I am not one to over rate wines. However, this was really unique. Very rich and smooth. Almost like a chocolate dessert. Lots of oak, vanilla bean and milk chocolate. Next time I will serve with dessert. Will definitely buy more.
Looks to be brilliant yet deep garnet red in dim light. Subtle and nuanced nose of mulled red and dark fruits. Overly bitter raspberries on the attack, which is immediate and quite aggressive, effectively obscuring whatever mid-palate activity there might be. Smoke dominates the end palate and finish, lingering for quite some time. Overly bitter, but quaffable.
2nd bottle of the night following a Chianti Classico. Pop n Pour, In the glass: deep inky & pigmented. On the nose: Sounds weird, but a strong hit of malted barley & hops, dark fruits. In the mouth: medium mouth feel, light tannins, sweet cherries on the tongue. no finish. This is not particularly distinctive as a Pinot, or is it layered, but everyone will like it 'cause of the big fruit hit. Current household favorite. Need to buy more as its disappearing fast!
Opened and poured through the Vinturi. Started out much tighter than the last two bottles and a whiff of grassiness and a bit metallic, not revealing much. It took 15 minutes in the glass before it started to open up. On the nose: Opened to light vanilla and dark cherries with a little spice. On the tongue: sweet dark cherries, a little spice, toasty oak, medium body, light tannins, light finish down the throat. Even though its not super concentrated or layered, it has plenty going for it. Really nice fruit for a pinot noir and definitely a crowd pleaser.
This is a big Pinot Noir. The nose was full of black-currant, leather, oak, spice, and when first poured dried leaves. Moderate tannins and acidity, black fruits, spice, and a little sweet oak on the palette. This is not the type of Pinot I usually go for but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The Meomi is a Pinot for those who say they don't like Pinots.
Liked it as much as the first time around, but slightly different. In the glass: Deep magenta, clear. On the nose: Pop and pour, whiff of wet leather initially, opened up to ripe dark fruit. On the tongue: sweet dark cherries, a little spice, toasty oak, medium body, light tannins, light finish down the throat. Even though its not super concentrated or layered, it has plenty going for it. Really fruity for a pinot noir and definitely a crowd pleaser. A value buy at $25 at retail. 11 more to go! :)
Tasted non-blind at a wine dinner. Concentrated ripe red cherries on the nose. On the palate it is mostly sweet cherries and strawberries. Lots of fruit and not much else. The finish is pleasantly consistent but doesn't offer any complexity. Low tannins. Drink now. Probably good QPR and should appeal to non wine drinkers.
While perhaps a bit fruity and spicy, this wine was quite enjoyable with a meat/cheese tray assortment at one of our local wine watering holes. Not terribly complex, but has enough going for it to keep you sipping and searching. At $20 a nice value and will buy more for everyday drinking
For me, better than the 09 and nearly as good as the 08. They've developed a consistent style here I love, but what I really like about this 2010 is how it's a viable window into their pricier single vineyard bottlings. Fantastic stuff, widely available, and sometimes for significantly less than $20. I don't see any California Pinot producer doing better in this category right now.
DoktaP, JoeG and Basecadet Visit KW (Dave's House): Popped and poured, served blind. Very dark garnet in colour in the glass. No bricking. On the nose, blue fruits, citrus peel, grapefruit, spice, with a touch of crushed rocks. On the palate, ripe blue fruits, dark cherry, pepper, grapefruit and minerality. Very mildly structured; medium acid, with mild tannin. Finish is of moderate length. I actually thought this was Syrah from California, but it turned out to be Pinot Noir. Qualitatively, this is a well made, well balanced wine. A little riper than what I typically enjoy, but this would be a real crowd pleaser to have around the house.
6th in a flight of 6 Pinot Noir from various, Oregon, California, New Zealand. In the glass: Deep magenta with a pink edge. On the nose: Strong hit of ripe cherries, strawberries & light spice. In the mouth: Medium mouth feel, concentrated sweet ripe cherries on the tongue, light tannins with sweet finish down the throat. Pretty balanced, even with the strong fruitiness. Retail $25 Great value, tastes more expensive, bought a case!
For me this is Pinot Noir for people who grew up drinking Coke. When I poured it I thought it was a Shiraz blend since it was so purple and dark. No real structure or balancing acidity which pretty much eliminates it from being a good food wine. I probably would have liked this a lot more ten years ago then now. However, if you are looking for a crowd pleasing red wine for a party you could do a lot worse. Most casual wine drinkers would probably give this a much higher score.
Tasted at Brix in Omaha. Nose: Medium-plus expressiveness, dark flower scents, black cherry, and vanilla. Palate: Medium bodied, dark red fruit with a tannic grip in the back-end and a medium length finish.
Definitely an above average wine, and for it being under $20, I came away thoroughly impressed. The Belle Glos Clark and Telephone is one of my favorite drinking wines, and that grapes present throughout the Meomi. What a treat!
This wine is an above average wine, but this vintage is deserving of a 90. Very fruit forward, and very drinkable. If u purchase this for a party, it WILL be a crowd pleaser. Take it from me, I've impressed that crowd, and for $17.99. Can't beat that!
$19 on special at Safeway, gave it a whirl due to positive Cellartracker reviews.
General impressions - A big juicy fruit bomb of a wine, focused on extraction and fruit at the expense of structure and complexity. The back end arrives with toasty oak and a hint of mineral, but the fruit is the real show here. A blustery new world style that sacrifices varietal correctness for showy hedonism. An interesting exercise in how Pinot Noir can be manipulated, and you could probably find some decent food pairings for it. It is what it is.
That being said, if your cellar is full of Cote de Nuits or Oregon Pinot, you'll absolutely hate it. You've been warned.....
I generally agree with most of the comments here. This is really fruit forward, bordering on a little candied, but it does seem to not cross the line too far. it does give you some earth, acid, a nice mouth feel and a decent finish. So for a $20 pinot, it's pretty good.
Solid for the 2010 vintage, showing dark, nearly opaque in glass, rich nose of cherry pie and black fruits. Palate is rich, consistent and balanced, offering black cherry, wild strawberry and mushroom flavors, medium-long finish. Opens substantially with decant and a half-hour or so in glass as well. As prior reviewers state, this is a very different juice than prior vintages; rich, deeper and complex. A fine effort.