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Date Printed: 7/29/2014
Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2008
Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 108887)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Silver unites the crisp mineral essence of the classic Chablis style with the tropical elements found in Chardonnay of the Pacific coastline.

Mineral-driven nose with citrus shining through. Cement tank fermentation and aging bring out aromas remindful of the first rain of the season or a wet rock. Soft and round entry with an acid backbone informs you these grapes are grown in a cooler climate. Mid-palate reveals ripe fruits such as lemons, gooseberry and grapefruit. Finishes dry while the acid comes and goes in a balanced fashion. Laser sharp minerality carries through from start to finish on both palate and aroma.

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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