Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2016

$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

Andrew Lohse Delectable Pro

All the malo oak butter richness you could want - and still food friendly

All the malo oak butter richness you could want - and still food friendly

8.8

Colin Cahoon

Oak, citrus, and prominent minerality.

Oak, citrus, and prominent minerality.

8.9

Neal Ferry

Would be great, still developing

Would be great, still developing

8.8

Carol Tardif

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9.0

Rachael

Okay, grassy, buttery

Okay, grassy, buttery

8.9

Frank Lin

Wonderful aromas and a fragrant finish.

Wonderful aromas and a fragrant finish.

8.4

Dominique Grenier

Beaucoup de beurre salé, touche de caramel et de poire. J'ai préféré le millésime 2014... Je trouve que le 2016 manque de profondeur et de complexité. Tout de même un vin excellent qui rappelle la poire et la vanille.

Beaucoup de beurre salé, touche de caramel et de poire. J'ai préféré le millésime 2014... Je trouve que le 2016 manque de profondeur et de complexité. Tout de même un vin excellent qui rappelle la poire et la vanille.

8.3

S.Carey

Had in FL and liked again, but this time too austere/metallic

Had in FL and liked again, but this time too austere/metallic

7.9

Scot Walker

Very buttery and smooth, great use of oak and malo, pairs well with food

Very buttery and smooth, great use of oak and malo, pairs well with food

9.0

Jeff Venier

Not a Cali Chard fan normally but this is delish. Might be the leftover excitement from talking winemaking with Chuck Wagner yesterday but I loved this wine. Burgundian almost...

Not a Cali Chard fan normally but this is delish. Might be the leftover excitement from talking winemaking with Chuck Wagner yesterday but I loved this wine. Burgundian almost...

9.1

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