2011 Mer Soleil "Silver-Ceramic Bottle" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

SKU #1108874 Wine Spectator

 Clean, fresh and juicy, with pure honeydew melon notes, subtle citrus shadings and a hint of cream. Drink now through 2016.  (7/2013)

K&L Notes

You can't miss the Mer Soleil Silver, which the Wagner family started bottling in a silvery-grey ceramic bottle in 2009 and reflects the stony minerality of their unoaked Chardonnay. The folks at Mer Soleil describe it as capturing "the crisp, pure, mineral essence of the classic Chablis style with the tropical elements found in Chardonnays of the Pacific coastline." Select blocks of Chardonnay from the Mer Soleil Vineyard in the cool Santa Lucia Highlands are harvested at perfect ripeness, with high natural acidity, then fermented in a combination of stainless steel and natural cement tanks. No malo, no oak - just pure, clean, crisp Chardonnay. The 2011 reveals bright green apple, lemon and tropical fruit aromas and flavors, balanced acidity, and chalky mineral undertones. It is full, round, and refreshing, with just right tension between softness and verve to complement fresh seafood dishes. Try it with lobster!

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Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 14.8