Best California Pinot Noir QPR Ever?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Quietly included in a Wine Spectator article highlighting 14 Outstanding Wines from Santa Barbara was an epic value in California Pinot Noir. They rated the 2011 Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir a whopping 92 points. With a release price of $22 and massive 92,000 case production this wine is widely available and often nicely discounted. It's not hard at all to find this wine for $16.

Past ratings from Wine Spectator for this wine:

  • 2011: 92
  • 2010: 88
  • 2009: 87
  • 2008: 87
CellarTracker community averages for these wines:
  • 2011: 87.7
  • 2010: 88.8
  • 2009: 88.3
  • 2008: 88.5
My ratings:
  • 2011: 91
  • 2010: 91
  • 2009: 89
  • 2008: 92
Putting the metrics on the 2011 through the wwpQPR Calculator (what's that?) and using $30 as the baseline price where it becomes not-too-hard to find an outstanding bottle of California Pinot Noir, and a $16 purchase price, I get: 

2.98: Very Good Value

This is certainly one of the best California Pinot Noir values on the market right now.

My note on the 2011:

Dark in color. Aromatically present with grape hard candy notes. Slightly sweet in the palate. In keeping with prior reliably delicious vintages. These guys have found a house style and keep cranking it out. How many weeks does this wine age in barrel?

91/100 WWP: Oustanding


If you've had and enjoyed prior vintages of this wine, buy more of this one to qualify for mixed case discounts/reduce per bottle shipping costs. If you haven't tried it before, and you like luscious, fruit forward, California reds definitely give it a try. It's consistently delivered and then some across a number of bottles.

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Question of the Day: Have you had the 2011 Meiomi yet? If so, what did you think?


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