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Date Printed: 11/24/2014
Mer Soleil Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2005
Mer Soleil Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 89699)

PRICE ON 11/24/2014: $44.99

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
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:

This marks the 13th vintage for Mer Soleil Chardonnay, and captures the best of what the coastal landscape of Monterey County's wine country offers each year. Lots were aged separately in French oak barrels, about 40 percent of which were new oak. The wine was then crafted in the cellar until it was ready for bottling, producing the fully-ripened, sea-and-sun brilliance of flavor for which Mer Soleil is known.

The wine opens with tropical fruit and honeysuckle aromas. Luxurious flavors of crème brulee and even a hint of butter are framed by notes of fine oak and the lively acidity of citrus zest. The mouthfeel is full and lush and brings all the wine's elements through to a long, persistent finish.

"Exotic aromas of orange marmalade, lychee, honey and brown spice. Oily flavors of candied mango, lemon butter and pineapple. Honeyed close exudes butter."
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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