2019 Meiomi Chardonnay
2019 Meiomi Chardonnay, From California
Winemaker Notes; Smooth, opulent layers of stone fruit and hints of citrus and apple are heightened by sweet smells of ripe tropical fruit, honey, and baking spices. The full flavors are highlighted by minerality and juiciness in the palate and a rich, plush finish.
California’s most praised white wine, Chardonnay is also the state’s most planted white grape variety. Diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles.
Chardonnay planted in the cooler, coastal zones takes on bright characteristics like lemon zest, key lime, green apple and wet flint. For this style, look to the chilly Sonoma Coast, Carneros, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Lucia Highlands and Edna Valley.e inland zones of California’s coast, such as the Russian River, Sonoma, Napa and Livermore Valleys maintain a more Goldilocks-esque climate where both styles go. Early picking retains acidity and creates a leaner style but leaving the grapes to hang creates an approachable Chardonnay, balancing richness and finesse.
Chardonnay also plays a major part in the sparkling wine production of the Anderson Valley and Carneros
Meiomi Wines is a California winery established by Joe Wagner in 2007. Wagner is the son of Chuck Wagner, the proprietor of the famous Napa winery Caymus Vineyards. Meiomi makes two wines, a white wine from Chardonnay and a red wine from Pinot Noir, both of which are blends of fruit from three coastal regions: Sonoma County, Monterey County and Santa Barbara County. The name Meiomi means “coast” in the language of the Wappo and Yuki peoples indigenous to the region.
In 2015, Joe Wagner sold Meiomi Wines to Constellation Brands for $315 million. Wagner agreed to stay on as a consulting winemaker for the 2016 and 2017 vintages.