Mer Soleil Vineyard

Mer Soleil and Silver Chardonnays are both products of the same fruit from the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County. The difference between the two Chardonnays is the fermentation process. Mer Soleil is fermented in French oak barrels chosen from an array of coopers, while Silver never sees the inside of a barrel. Winemaker, Charlie Wagner, uses modern fermentation and aging methods utilizing both stainless steel and cement tanks for Silver unoaked Chardonnay.

Mer Soleil 'Reserve' Chardonnay 2016
Wilfred Wong 90 “COMPOSITION: I have tasted nearly every vintage of Mer Soleil since the wines were first produced in the early 1990s, and the wines are amazingly consistent. The 2016 Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is just as I expect it to be. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers
Item Number: 29892
Bottle:$25.95
Case: $311.40
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Mer Soleil 'Silver' Unoaked Chardonnay 2016
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“Never seeing the inside of an oak barrel, Mer Soleil SILVER is a pure, clean expression of Chardonnay. It is fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and small concrete tanks imported from Burgundy, France. Fresh from start to finish, this wine features aromas of flower blossoms and
Item Number: 29189
Bottle:$17.95
Case: $215.40
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Mer Soleil 'Santa Barbara' RSV Chardonnay 2015
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 “This offers a nice balance between rich buttery notes and concentrated white fruit flavors that are lavishly spiced. Nutmeg and dried sage details show on the finish. Drink now through 2021.”-WS  “A light golden color, this wine opens with warm, lush scents of apricot cobbler

Mer Soleil 'Reserve' Chardonnay 2015
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“The dramatic climate of the Highlands – located within Monterey County – allows Mer Soleil to create dramatic wines. Morning fog, bright sunshine, and gusting winds enable longer "hang time" for the grapes, resulting in wines of intense, complex character. With fresh, bright aromas and the taste of

Mer Soleil 'Silver' Unoaked Chardonnay 2015
"This unoaked wine captures the pure, clean expression of Chardonnay from our Mer Soleil Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. The mineral essence is reminiscent of the classic Chablis style with the tropical elements found in the Chardonnays of the Pacific Coastline. Grapes are

Mer Soleil 'Santa Barbara' RSV Chardonnay 2013
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Offers a generous mix of tropical fruit, with guava, pineapple and mango flavors accented by melon, spice and flora."-WS  "The Mer Soleil Vineyard is named for two natural forces that create its growing conditions: sea (mer) and sun (soleil). With plantings at two separate

Mer Soleil 'Reserve' Chardonnay 2014
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90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Bright yellow-gold. Spice-tinged aromas of poached pear, nectarine and honey are lent vivacity by a subtle lemon zest nuance. Smooth, supple and fleshy in the mouth, offering pliant orchard and pit fruit flavors that pick up a hint of smokiness with air. Clings very nicely on the

Mer Soleil 'Silver' Unoaked Chardonnay 2014
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "A seductive style that captures effusively ripe peach and nectarine flavors. Features a juicy texture that's broad and layered. Despite using no oak, this leaves the impression of spicy, jazzy wood on the lingering finish. Drink now. 41,095 cases made." —J.L.  "A pale yellow

Mer Soleil 'Santa Barbara' RSV Chardonnay 2012
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"Offers a generous mix of tropical fruit, with guava, pineapple and mango flavors accented by melon, spice and floral notes. Well-focused and shaded by light toasty oak, this gains depth and nuance on the creamy finish. Drink now."—J.L.

Mer Soleil Reserve' Chardonnay 2013
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"Golden-hued in color, the wine opens with opulent aromas of peach, apple, Meyer lemon and baking spices. The palate is an inviting medley of peach and D’Anjou pear; layered with tropical notes of pineapple and banana. The vibrant acidity is well balanced by warm butterscotch and subtle coconut

Mer Soleil 'Silver' Unoaked Chardonnay 2013
"A pale yellow hue, the wine is well balanced with great structure. Bright minerality, pink grapefruit and key lime characters shine through on the nose, followed by lemon zest and stone-fruit. The mid-palate displays intriguing notes of lemon meringue, quince and citrus, complemented by a crisp

Mer Soleil Chardonnay Reserve 2012
"Golden-hued in color, opening up with opulent aromas of peach, Honeycrisp apple and citrus blossom, with notes of warm baking spices from the barrel. The wine presents complexities of carmel apple, nectarine, pear, buttered popcorn and mouth-filling richness on the palate. It is medium to

Mer Soleil 'Silver' Unoaked Chardonnay 2012
" This unoaked wine captures the pure, clean expression of Chardonnay from our Mer Soleil Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. The mineral essence is reminiscent of the classic Chablis style with the tropical elements found in the Chardonnays of the Pacific Coastline. Grapes are

Mer Soleil Chardonnay Reserve 2011
"Mer Soleil is the project of Charlie Wagner, son and protégé of Caymus founder Chuck Wagner. The winery's Central Coast Chardonnay comes from the Santa Lucia Highlands, where the sea and the sun work in consort to create a wonderful environment for the varietal. A California-style Chardonnay with

Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2010
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89 "A subtle style that builds depth and dimension, with elegant green apple, melon and lightly toasty creamy oak. The finish maintains a tight focus. Drink now through 2016. 32,600 cases made."–JL  "Mer Soleil is the project of Charlie Wagner, son and protégé of Caymus founder

Mer Soleil 'Silver' Unoaked Chardonnay 2011
" This unoaked wine captures the pure, clean expression of Chardonnay from our Mer Soleil Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. The mineral essence is reminiscent of the classic Chablis style with the tropical elements found in the Chardonnays of the Pacific Coastline. Grapes

Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2009
"Citrus driven nose with hints of pineapple, banana and coconut cream pie. Soft and round entry. Oak is apparent, but not defining. Mid-palate goes on to reveal other layers of flavors  vanilla, lemon meringue pie and again coconut. Finish is rich with viscosity that coats the mouth for minutes

Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2008
 "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. Charlie Wagner II, Mer Soleil's winemaker, attributes the wine's unique flavor profile both to the soils and climate of the

Mer Soleil 'Silver' Unoaked Chardonnay 2010
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92  "This is a stunning wine, showing the laser-like purity and bright acids that this northwestern part of the Highlands coaxes from the grapes. The brilliantly illuminated flavors range from limes and kiwis to green apples, peaches and guavas. The finish is dry, but with a honeyed