Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2016

$49.99

Inaugural release!                                                 Inaugural Pinot Noir from Mer Soleil! A rich, deep red – the color of Bing cherries – this wine opens with scents of dark berries, pomace, and the woodiness of a hiking path in a redwood forest. Soft, powdery traces of old-fashioned lipstick add an intriguing element to the nose. Entry is smooth, with bright cherry flavors and a “berry basket” of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Pomace and brown spice infuse the palate, which is round and coats the mouth. An initial flash of fruit gives way to soft tannins, natural acidity, and an evocative earthy character. The finish is unusually long, with hints of cranberry adding an unexpected note to the mix of this wine’s many layers. Mer Soleil, meaning "sea and sun," takes its name from our coastal setting, where sunny skies mix with gusting maritime winds. This wine is produced from hillside vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, whose dramatic weather provides ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir.    

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Ratings on Delectable

Andrew Lohse Delectable Pro

Rich red raspberry fruit, spice, oak

Rich red raspberry fruit, spice, oak

9.0

Mick McClure

Cherry and cola nose. Strong oak on the palate, with a little vanilla and mushroom

Cherry and cola nose. Strong oak on the palate, with a little vanilla and mushroom

8.5

Paul Rollett

Napa Pinot. Fruit forward and jammy AF - quite bold, tastes like a Merlot hybrid - really nice!

Napa Pinot. Fruit forward and jammy AF - quite bold, tastes like a Merlot hybrid - really nice!

9.1

Jess Ica Orona

Cherry, blueberry, cherry,woody, brambly fruit, maybe currents, some spice and olives. ripe and juicy but with complex earthiness. Silky texture with soft tannins. Not a Chardonnay drinker but I'm Loving this new offering from mer soleil!

Cherry, blueberry, cherry,woody, brambly fruit, maybe currents, some spice and olives. ripe and juicy but with complex earthiness. Silky texture with soft tannins. Not a Chardonnay drinker but I'm Loving this new offering from mer soleil!

9.2

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