always been a fan of the Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnays; the 2016 Santa Lucia
Highlands Reserve has made me even more of a believer. This is the winery's
best wine to date. The wine's aroma is intoxicating and outrageous—not just
buttery and yummy. This is indeed a serious effort that has combined all of the
elements—ripe fruit, endearing creaminess, firm structure and pure fruit in the
aftertaste. Drinks well now.
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, driest grape-growing areas in California. The climate of this coastal appellation causes morning and evening fogs and warm, bright afternoons, a combination that produces the high-quality fruit we use to make this bright, elegant Chardonnay.