Moet & Chandon Rose’ Imperial and Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir for a Getaway Weekend

Girls’ getaway!!  My friend Jill and I headed for rural eastern Iowa where we stayed in a charming farmhouse (loreleicabins.com) for a few days of relaxation, wine-drinking, and lengthy conversations.  Jill and I have been drinking wine together for decades.  We have traveled to vineyards together in France; have even been known to pinpoint vineyard locations based on wine’s aroma and flavor profiles.  So, no cute bottles with sparkly polka-dots for these girls!  We needed wines with serious personality!

We started with the Moet & Chandon Rose’ Imperial because it has long been a favorite.

The gorgeous, golden hue shows elegance and class, and the flutes are almost overflowing with bubbles!

The Rose’ Imperial is a blend of three wine varieties with the most prominent being Pinot Noir.  Aromas are full of raspberry and cherry and light floral notes.  Raspberry and strawberry are found on the palate, along with slight nuttiness and yeast.  It is elegant in style and racy in texture.  Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits award 91 and 90 points respectively.

Sitting on our deck, looking out at the rolling Iowa hills, drinking this brilliant champagne was a significant start to our weekend away.

As the sun dipped lower on the hillsides, the Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir helped keep our conversation going.

The 2012 Meiomi shows youthful colors of purple and garnet.  For a wine of such youth, it offers a surprising depth of aroma and flavor.  For Jill, the aromas were reminiscent of her childhood at the lake–full of forest floor and smoke.

The palate is soft but layered with ripe sweet cherry and vanilla, licorice and plum.  We both detected applemint on the finish then a lingering of cherry, smoke and spice.

The Meiomi Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from three well-known coastal California areas;  Sonoma, where great acidity is created, Monterey where the sun and wind build grapes with great flavor depth, and Santa Barbara where spices and silky textures are created. 

The Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir ties everything together with integrated, complex layers of pleasing flavor.  It was such a fulfilling companion fireside, we never even missed marshmallows.

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