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Taking its name from the sea and sun – the two forces of nature that shape its exotic character – this wine is as dramatic as the place where it is sourced. With morning fog, bright sunshine and gusting winds, the Santa Lucia Highlands (40 minutes south from Monterey, California) has an extended growing season. Grapes stay on the vine longer, leading to the development of intense aromas such as custard and toasted almonds, rich fruit flavors and enlivening lemon/lime.
Vintage 2016 - 90 Points - Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMPOSITION: I have tasted nearly every vintage of Mer Soleil since the wines were first produced in the early 1990s, and the wines are amazingly consistent. The 2016 Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is just as I expect it to be. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers ripe citrus and plenty of creamy oak in its aromas and flavors. Its rich palate invites a pairing of lobster in a cream sauce. (Tasted: July 18, 2018, San Francisco, CA)