Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2017

$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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Mer Soleil named after the two forces of nature – “the sea and sun.” Grapes sourced from vineyards in the southern and middle areas of Santa Lucia Highlands, deep Ruby with youthful aromas of red fruits and smoky pepper spice. On the palate flavors of cranberry, raspberry and cherry with toasty baking spice, savory, good mouthfeel. Medium+ finish, fine tannins well integrated ending with fruit and a toasty spice character.

Mer Soleil named after the two forces of nature – “the sea and sun.” Grapes sourced from vineyards in the southern and middle areas of Santa Lucia Highlands, deep Ruby with youthful aromas of red fruits and smoky pepper spice. On the palate flavors of cranberry, raspberry and cherry with toasty baking spice, savory, good mouthfeel. Medium+ finish, fine tannins well integrated ending with fruit and a toasty spice character.

9.1

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

Mer Soleil named after the two forces of nature – “the sea and sun.” Grapes sourced from vineyards in the southern and middle areas of Santa Lucia Highlands, deep Ruby with youthful aromas of red fruits and bits of smoky pepper spice. On the palate flavors of cranberry, raspberry and tart cherry with toasty pepper spice, savory, good mouthfeel. Medium+ finish, fine tannins well integrated ending with fruit and a toasty oak character. Tasting Sample!

Mer Soleil named after the two forces of nature – “the sea and sun.” Grapes sourced from vineyards in the southern and middle areas of Santa Lucia Highlands, deep Ruby with youthful aromas of red fruits and bits of smoky pepper spice. On the palate flavors of cranberry, raspberry and tart cherry with toasty pepper spice, savory, good mouthfeel. Medium+ finish, fine tannins well integrated ending with fruit and a toasty oak character. Tasting Sample!

9.0

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

Mer Soleil named after the two forces of nature – “the sea and sun.” Grapes sourced from vineyards in the southern and middle areas of Santa Lucia Highlands, deep Ruby with youthful aromas of red fruits and bits of smoky pepper spice. On the palate flavors of cranberry, raspberry and tart cherry with toasty pepper spice, savory, good mouthfeel. Medium+ finish, fine tannins well integrated ending with fruit and a toasty oak character. Tasting Sample!

Mer Soleil named after the two forces of nature – “the sea and sun.” Grapes sourced from vineyards in the southern and middle areas of Santa Lucia Highlands, deep Ruby with youthful aromas of red fruits and bits of smoky pepper spice. On the palate flavors of cranberry, raspberry and tart cherry with toasty pepper spice, savory, good mouthfeel. Medium+ finish, fine tannins well integrated ending with fruit and a toasty oak character. Tasting Sample!

9.0

Matt Sterr Delectable Pro

Somewhat smoky with a bitter earth note.

Somewhat smoky with a bitter earth note.

8.6

Mindy Harkless

Great! Brought by Dave to share with a wonderful lamb dinner

Great! Brought by Dave to share with a wonderful lamb dinner

9.5

Alan Hyde

A very earthy Pinot with strong flavor. We didn’t like too much.

A very earthy Pinot with strong flavor. We didn’t like too much.

8.5

Gwynbleidd

Medium purple. Syrupy. Sweet fruity flavor with very little hint of cheese and spice. Medium body. Dry. Balanced with a acidity finish. Medium length. After decanting, very sweet and pleasant raspberry flavor and the acidity smoothed. 14.8% ALC.

Medium purple. Syrupy. Sweet fruity flavor with very little hint of cheese and spice. Medium body. Dry. Balanced with a acidity finish. Medium length. After decanting, very sweet and pleasant raspberry flavor and the acidity smoothed. 14.8% ALC.

8.6

Doug Griffin

Dark for a Pinot. Classic Lucia fruit, more in aroma then the mouth. Tasty but short. Strawberry, raspberry, some stone fruit

Dark for a Pinot. Classic Lucia fruit, more in aroma then the mouth. Tasty but short. Strawberry, raspberry, some stone fruit

8.5

Linda Sears

This is a wonderful wine! Very easy to drink! Enjoyed it with a wonderful meal with friends.

This is a wonderful wine! Very easy to drink! Enjoyed it with a wonderful meal with friends.

10

TwiLea Fletcher

Spectacular. And all we’ve had is Chardonnay in the past? Crazy.

Spectacular. And all we’ve had is Chardonnay in the past? Crazy.

9.0

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