2008 Mer Soleil "Silver" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

SKU #1059499

Some prefer gold, with its heavy, honeyed highlights and warm, rich glow. But some prefer silver, lighter on its feet, clean and crisp, bright and steely. We're not talking about watches here, or earrings, either. This "Silver" Chardonnay from Mer Soleil is, as the name suggests, an alternative to the gold label. There is not oak on the one, and not much that is heavy, or rich and buttery either. What there is is plenty of refreshingly clean and minerally Chardonnay fruit. Delicious poolside sipper! According to Wine Spectator: "Offers pure, ripe pippin apple and honeydew melon flavors, with a hint of pear. Well-proportioned and full-bodied, ending with a long, clean finish. Drink now through 2014." (05/11)

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 By: Jeff Phillips |  Review Date: 7/6/2011 
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Super clean. Light in color with a nose of green & yellow apples. Smooth & round and despite the absence of oak there is a bit of spice.
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 By: Paul Gibson |  Review Date: 6/19/2011 
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Not at all bad for a chardonnay, not overloaded with butter and oak. Green apple

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M‚con, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Lucia Highlands