By way of background: This value-priced pinot noir hit "best value" status with the 2012 vintage. We're trying the next year's vintage to see if this is a perennial best bet.
Original tasting and review : This is Meomi Pinot Noir, Monterey County, Sonoma County, Santa Barbara County, California, 2013, finished at 13.8% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.
In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque at the center.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, very shy dark fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be deep, hidden and not bold. But I know from past vintages that this will not be the case and I'm expecting a bigger experience than the nose suggests.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact rugged, aromatic, bold sip, layered with leather, chocolate, black cherry and assorted muddled black berries and black pepper notes. Soft gritty tannins and enough acids to lift the broad sip gently to your cheeks. Finish leaves a faint charcoal wash.
In summary: Overall, rates a powerful four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale and even gains a plus for its remarkable core. This is once again a "best value" on our measures - and an extraordinary one at that. That is rare for a pinot noir and I am delighted that the Meomi brand seems to work vintage after vintage.
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