Silver Unoaked Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2015

Mer Soleil

Silver Unoaked Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands
2015

$23.60

* Suggested retail price
Product code
12930969
Format
12 x 750ml
Listing type
SAQ Continuous Supply
Status
Available
Country
United States
Region
California
Subregion
Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands
Regulated designation
American Viticultural Areas (AVA)
Varietal(s)
Chardonnay 100 %
Color
White
Sugar
Dry
Sugar content
1.8 g/l
Closure type
Metal screw cap
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About this winery

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Tasting notes

Fair in color and fresh from start to finish, the 2014 vintage opens up with aromas of flower blossoms, crisp pears and a hint of honeysuckle. Bright citrus evokes the clean taste of Meyer lemons, which grow amidst our estate vineyards, where a portion of this wine is sourced. On the palate, the wine is round and layered, with an acidity and depth that belie its unoaked character. The finish brings a lingering freshness that creates a perfect complement to salads, grilled seafood, tomato-based dishes and fresh oysters - and leaves a brightness in the mouth that leaves you wanting another sip.

Viticultural notes

There is no shortage of weather in Monterey County, which includes the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. Tranquil early morning fog and sunny afternoons give way to afternoon winds, with gusts of up to 20 miles per hour. Out of that dramatic combination comes a slow ripening of grapes that allows us to produce intense fruit flavors balanced with vibrant acidity.

Winemaking notes

Never seeing the inside of an oak barrel, our Mer Soleil Silver is a pure, clean expression of Chardonnay. Our wine is fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and small concrete tanks that are imported from Burgundy, France. We keep fermentation temperatures stable while allowing a small amount of oxygen contact. The result: enhanced flavor development that is similar to aging in an oak barrel - but without the oak.