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Date Printed: 7/10/2014
Mer Soleil Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2003
Mer Soleil Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2003
(search item no. 84966)

PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Initial aromas of the ripe apple/pear/grape combination inherent in Chardonnay quickly evolve into rich scents of mango, pineapple, lemon, butterscotch and subtle smoke. Explosive flavors—tropical fruits and spices with a balancing layer of zesty citrus from the mid-palate on through to the extended finish. Seems to fill every corner of the mouth.
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About Mer Soleil:

The Mer Soleil Vineyard is named for two natural forces that create its growing conditions: sea (mer) and sun (soleil). With plantings at two separate locations in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County, Mer Soleil’s Chardonnay vines are nestled on east-facing lower slopes of the Sierra de Salinas range in what is one of the coolest, driest grape growing areas in California. During the growing season, warmer inland temperatures at the southern end of the Salinas Valley pull cooling morning and evening fogs into the vineyards. The afternoons, in contrast, are evenly warm and sunny. The absence of rain throughout the long growing season—harvest typically continues into November—and a pattern of brisk afternoon breezes keeps the grapes dry and pristine.

Charlie Wagner II is the winemaker and directs vineyard operations at Mer Soleil