Today’s Quick Sip is Mer Soleil 2014 Reserve Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands, an appellation in Monterey, California, well-regarded for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Planted on hillside vineyards near the Monterey Bay, Mer Soleil, meaning sea and sun, reflects the setting where the grapes are grown. The Mer Soleil site was established in 1988 and is blessed with abundant sunshine and cooling maritime influences. Chardonnay, as many of you know, is made in several styles and can show a wide range of character. This example is no doubt on the riper side, heightened by oak aging, yet benefits from a firm underpinning of acidity that keeps everything fresh. For readers who find themselves in the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) club, this selection may compel you to cancel your membership and enjoy Chardonnay again. This Chardonnay retails for $40 but can be found at Cork Exclusive for $27.99. Even better, free shipping is offered on any purchase of three or more bottles of wines or spirits. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.
|Mer Soleil 2014 Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay|
Mer Soleil 2014 Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (SRP $40): Produced by the Wagner Family, makers of the popular Caymus Cabernet Saugvignon, this light golden, straw colored Chardonnay is ripe, full-bodied, and expressive. Flavors of spiced pear, grilled pineapple and citrus blossom, interweave with quince, butter cream and honeysuckle notes. Bright acidity balances the mouth-filling richness, lifting the fruit and adding freshness through the pleasing, honeyed finish. A nice sipper on its own, this is also a fine bottle of wine to enjoy with smoked salmon, fettuccine alfredo, and rich seafood, veggie or poultry dishes in rich, butter or cream sauces. Region: Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, California. Other info: ABV 14.7%, partial ML, fermented and matured in new and used French oak barrels for 12-15 months, natural cork enclosure, recommended serving temperature 55°.
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