2015 Mer Soleil Chardonnay Reserve Gold Label SLH

Year: 2015
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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"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. 27,888 cases made. -K.M." (WS)

"The 2015 Chardonnay Reserve opens with expressive notes of honeydew melon, guava and pineapple with hints of toasty oak, allspice and beeswax. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with oak-laced tropical fruit flavors, finishing on an allspice note." (WA)

"Limpid gold. Ripe peach, melon and a hint of succulent flowers on the nose, along with hints of smoky lees and vanilla in the background. Smooth, open-knit and seamless in texture, offering juicy orchard and pit fruit flavors that are sharpened by a jolt of bitter lemon pith. The vanilla note recurs on the finish, which hangs on with very good, floral-dominated persistence." (VM)

Winery Notes:
The Mer Soleil Vineyard is named for the two natural forces that create its growing conditions: sea (mer) and sun (soleil). With plantings at two separate locations in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County, our Mer Soleil Chardonnay vines are nestled on east-facing lower slopes of the Sierra de Salinas range in what is one of the coolest, direct grape-growing area in Califormia. The climate of this coastal appellation causes morning and evening fog and warm, bright afternoons, a combination that produces the high-quality fruit we use to make this bright, elegant Chardonnay.