Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2014

$34.99

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

Steven Kukesh Delectable Pro

R&D Winemaker at DFV

Butter lime and apricot. Looking forward to more Chardonnay from this AVA

Butter lime and apricot. Looking forward to more Chardonnay from this AVA

8.8

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

Big fruit of peach, lemon and apple with a hint of butterscotch on the finish.

Big fruit of peach, lemon and apple with a hint of butterscotch on the finish.

8.9

TwiLea Fletcher

Cheers...

Cheers...

8.8

Camilla Girard

Court's fav

Court's fav

9.5

ES Faiello

This was really intense: dark gold color with really complex & varied nose of melted caramel & butterscotch with tropical fruit interspersed w/grapefruit & orange. Heavily oaked (vanilla!) and huge, a bit hot, really need some big stems & aeration. Silky viscous acidic frame able to handle weight & carry through primary flavors to finish.

This was really intense: dark gold color with really complex & varied nose of melted caramel & butterscotch with tropical fruit interspersed w/grapefruit & orange. Heavily oaked (vanilla!) and huge, a bit hot, really need some big stems & aeration. Silky viscous acidic frame able to handle weight & carry through primary flavors to finish.

9.0

Michael Walker

Serious oak. MIL special

Serious oak. MIL special

9.6

Nicole Maddox

I smell and taste a lot of pineapple, but it's still pretty good.

I smell and taste a lot of pineapple, but it's still pretty good.

8.6

Scot Walker

Hint of oak and vanilla, butterscotch, slightly buttery

Hint of oak and vanilla, butterscotch, slightly buttery

9.0

Chad Moroni

Great finish

Great finish

9.6

Gerard Moulin

Very nice Chardonnay buttery & oak notes... nice long finish.

Very nice Chardonnay buttery & oak notes... nice long finish.

9.7

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