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Mer Soleil Chardonnay Silver Label 2011Mer Soleil Chardonnay Silver Label 2011
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Size: 750ml.
Country: USA
Region: California

WS 87 IWC 87


This second vintage follows last year's successful debut of Silver, an effort to unite the crisp mineral essence of classic Chablis style with the tropical elements found in Chardonnay of the Pacific coastline.

Using Chardonnay grown in special blocks of the Mer Soleil Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, they harvested the grapes when just fully ripe, their gold color hued with the green, expressing clean aromas of Chardonnay fruit and firm acidity. The grapes were pressed and fermented in both stainless steel and cement vats, with no oak contact or malolactic fermentation. They bottled the wine early in the year and capped it with a twist top to maintain its fresh character and crisp citrus finish. The result is their latest presentation of a Chardonnay they consider as sleek and cool as Silver.

Light gold color with a pale green tint. Clean, lively aromas of honeydew melon and green apple carry over to delicate tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and papaya, balanced with crisp mineral notes. The full texture lasts through a luxuriously long finish.

Reviews:

"Fresh and tangy, with vibrant peach, nectarine and citrus flavors that are clean and refreshing. Drink now. 20,000 cases made. –JL" -Rated 87, Wine Spectator

" Green-gold. Melon and peach on the nose, with exotic baking spice overtones. Plump pit fruit and melon flavors are braced by firm acidity and a lemon/lime zest quality. Finishes dry, with a dusty citrus character and strong quinine bite. Schizophrenic but tasty wine and a good call for spicy fusion cuisine." -Rated 87, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar