Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2013

$29.99

A beautiful Chardonnay produced by Chuck Wagner of Caymus Vineyards and his son Charlie. Mer Soleil Chardonnay is made in a complex, barrel-fermented style reminiscent of the white wines of Burgundy but with the generous sun-ripened flavors of California. They grow fruit at the Mer Soleil Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlandsn near Monterey on an east-facing lower slope which provides a barrier from the Pacific Ocean. This Chardonnay has Mer Soleil’s signature aromas of tropical fruit and toasted spice. 93 Points Wine Enthusiast: "Year in and year out, Mer Soleil's Chardonnay is one of the biggest, most distinctive ones in California.  Rich in apricot jam, pineapple custard and new oak butterscotch flavors, but for all the opulence, it's entirely dry, and has zesty Monterey acidity. Almost a food group in itself, it will challenge chefs to rise to the occasion."

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Ratings on Delectable

Tracey Busch

My favorite Chardonnay to date. Tastes pretty full bodied and rich with fruits.

My favorite Chardonnay to date. Tastes pretty full bodied and rich with fruits.

10

Matt Sterr Delectable Pro

Buttery with tropical notes. Plenty of ok, too. Ripe.

Buttery with tropical notes. Plenty of ok, too. Ripe.

8.9

Gina Shay Delectable Pro

Bananas Foster served on a two-by-four. Cloying. Awkward.

Bananas Foster served on a two-by-four. Cloying. Awkward.

8.4

Roy Goble Delectable Pro

Good buttery

Good buttery

8.9

Kim Colonna Delectable Pro

Owner/Sommelier/Importer Petits Creux & Grands Crus

A bit too rich for me ... Too heavy and not well balanced !! But great aromas of honey and peach with herbal hints.

A bit too rich for me ... Too heavy and not well balanced !! But great aromas of honey and peach with herbal hints.

8.6

David L Delectable Pro

Yeah ,you can guess.

Yeah ,you can guess.

8.6

Carly Shepherd Delectable Pro

Very good for the price point! I've had other reserve Chardonnays that I like better, but this was a great deal at Safeway for $28.

Very good for the price point! I've had other reserve Chardonnays that I like better, but this was a great deal at Safeway for $28.

9.0

ES Faiello

Look - this is what it is, an opulent sexy Chard that has some age & maturity adding another dimension to the overall effect. Showing dark & oxidized there is still a ton of tropical fruit (guava, pineapple & mango) with caramel dipped apple and orange oil. Thick acidic structure - just not racy and does have trouble cutting thru this viscous giant. Full rich hi-octane across the palate.

Look - this is what it is, an opulent sexy Chard that has some age & maturity adding another dimension to the overall effect. Showing dark & oxidized there is still a ton of tropical fruit (guava, pineapple & mango) with caramel dipped apple and orange oil. Thick acidic structure - just not racy and does have trouble cutting thru this viscous giant. Full rich hi-octane across the palate.

9.0

Jamie Michelson

Such a charge when compared to "value" Chardonnays. Real wine! Buttery, peachy and an A. $24 Plum Market 2015 basket

Such a charge when compared to "value" Chardonnays. Real wine! Buttery, peachy and an A. $24 Plum Market 2015 basket

9.3

Jon Nichols

Really tasty Chardonnay. Buy it if found.

Really tasty Chardonnay. Buy it if found.

9.6

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.