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Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
  • WS88
14.8% ABV
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Winemaker 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.

Critical Acclaim

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Offers pure, ripe pippin apple and honeydew melon flavors, with a hint of pear. Well-proportioned and full-bodied, ending with a long, clean finish. Drink now through 2014.
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Mer Soleil, , California
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

An historic zone responsible for some of Spain’s freshest white wines, Rueda is home to the indigenous grape varieties of Verdejo and Viura, though most of its whites are a majority, if not entirely, made of Verdejo. The region has also enjoyed some amazing success with the international variety, Sauvignon blanc.

Rueda’s Verdejo vineyards flourished as far back as the Middle Ages. But the region wasn’t spared from the phylloxera epidemic of the late 1800s, which wiped out a great majority its vines. The 20th century saw a slow catch for replanting of Verdejo until the 1970s when the famous Rioja winery, Bodegas Marqués de Riscal recognized the region’s lost potential. It needed a fresh white to market alongside its Rioja red wines and was able to escalate Verdejo’s popularity once again with this goal in mind.

Today Verdejo vines have adapted to and flourish in the stark landscape of Rueda’s high elevation flatlands and even some ancient vines, living in sandy soils where phylloxera could not survive, still produce exceptionally complex and mineral-driven Verdejo-based whites.

Light-bodied but captivating with flavors of citrus blossom, melon, white peach and fennel, Verdejo is native to Rueda, Spain, and is growing in popularity. If you’re used to drinking Sauvignon blanc or Pinot grigio, this is the wine for you! Contrary to what some may think, it is actually not related to the Portugese variety with a very similar name, Verdelho. In fact, DNA profiling suggests it is most likely a sibling of Godello, a variety native to northwest Spain. Enjoy this little charmer with a variety of dishes like fish tacos, Thai food, papaya salad or even lemon-spritzed asparagus and steamed artichokes.

SOU301454_2008 Item# 108887

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