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The Wines of Joe Wagner

Posted by Tom Kisthart on

Joe Wagner is the wiz-kid that created the monster brand Meiomi Pinot Noir and sold it to Constellation Brands for $315 million. That included no vineyards, no winery, basically just the brand. Incredible feat. 

Joe is not just sitting around living the good life, he's been cranking out a bunch of new wines which are sure to be followup hits. The name of his new company is called Copper Cane Wines & Provisions. So far the provisions are cigars and women's swimsuits. Who knows what they'll get into next. 

One of the best selling wines for us so far has been Quilt Napa Valley Cabernet ($39.99 or 15% off on purchase of 6 or more bottles). Keep in mind that Joe comes from the family behind Caymus so he know a thing or two about Cabernet Sauvignon even though his primary focus has been Pinot Noir in the past. It's ripe, plush, fruit-forward and ready to drink upon release without decanting much like the original Caymus (by the way, have you tried the Malbec from Caymus yet?). 

The brand that's likely to get him as close to his Meiomi success is Elouan Pinot Noir ($17.99) from Oregon. This is billed as a California winemaker's take on Oregon Pinot Noir. Joe didn't confine himself to just Willamette Valley to make this wine, it also includes grapes from the warmer Umpqua and Rouge areas. While this label also has a Native American sounding name (it's actually Breton and means good light) and is also a blend of three areas, it is not as sweet as Meiomi has become over the years (and not just after the new corporate ownership). 

Another future hit is Boen Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($23.99). Much like his smashingly popular Belle Glos 'Dairyman' Pinot Noir (also RRV) it has generous fruit, beautiful spice and a silky mouthfeel. We also have Belle Glos 'Las Alturas' Pinot Noir available at a great price and can special order the Clark & Telephone vineyard as well.  

Other wines that we don't carry yet but probably will in the near future from him are Steorra Russian River Valley sparkling wine, Beran Zinfandels and Carne Humana red and white blends.

If you'd like to special order any of these wines please email me at Tom@craftcurd.com. I'll be sure to get you the best prices available. Please reach out if there is anything else I can do. Thanks for reading. 


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