Meridian Chardonnay 2008

I think this will be the last archival post I transfer from Blogarhythms.  It was originally published in 2010.

This Meridian Chardonnay has the kind of flavor profile I look for.  Not that it’s the ONLY flavor profile I appreciate by any stretch of the imagination, but this combination hit the mark for me.

Vineyard:       Meridian
Varietal:          Chardonnay
Vintage:           2008
Appellation:  California
Price:               $11.99

Notes:     We’re talking nice mouthfuls of honey, butterscotch, toasty vanilla with what seemed a hint of nutmeg , plus plenty of fruit including a light pineapple and citrus beginning with a lemony flavor and finishing in a light grapefruit.  It has good acidity and will pair nicely with food.  But I just enjoyed sipping this very enjoyable selection from Meridian.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer. 


Meridian Cab ’07

In case anyone has doubts about my enthusiasm for vino, take a quick glance at this archival piece from 2010.  It was originally titled “Excited About Wine!”  lol

I can’t stop myself!  I am just so excited to have a place to share my thoughts about wine.  I hope folks reading this blog will 1) get something out of my posts and 2) share their thoughts on wines as well.   That said – here’s another one.

Vineyard:  Meridian
Wine:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  2007
Appellation: California
Price:  $8.99

Notes:  The bouquet has plum, toasty vanilla and floral notes.  Flavors open with a nice attack of bright red fruit flavors – bing cherry, red currant, damson plum with vanilla and what I can only describe as “zucchini bread” in the finish.  Moderate tannins make this a drinkable wine now, but it certainly has enough backbone to do well with meals and to cellar some if you want.  With oxidation the fruit flavors deepen and smooth a bit to darker reds – plum and dark cherry.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

Meridian Pinot Grigio ’09

Originally published 6/4/2011 at Blogarhythms.

Summer is here, so nice crisp white wines are what many of us will be looking for as we seek to cool off from the heat.  Thus, I tried the ’09 Pinot Grigio from Meridian.  The selection is just what the varietal should be – light and enjoyable.  A bit more fruity than the European style PGs, but that suits my palate just fine.

Vineyard:     Meridian Vineyards
Varietal:       Pinot Grigio
Vintage:       2009
Appellation: California
Price:          $8.99

Notes:     Meridian – a solid performer in my book – has done a good job with this Pinot Grigio.  It’s light with lime, peach and nectarine fruit flavors.  Nicely viscous for a PG but not in any way heavy.  There was also, I thought,  a sort of smoky spicy note on the finish that I couldn’t quite put my finger (or taste buds) on.  I liked it.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.