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The dramatic climate of the Highlands – located within Monterey County – allows us to create dramatic wines. Morning fog, bright sunshine and gusting winds enable longer “hang time” for the grapes, resulting in wines of intense, complex character.
A sunny yellow hue, the 2016 vintage opens with the vibrant scents of lemon blossom and honeysuckle, infused by the warmth of vanilla. The whiff of a sea breeze can be detected on the nose, adding a bright freshness. Rich and lush, the palate features flavors of ripe peach and lemon meringue pie. Lively acidity balances this wine’s creamy roundness. Notes of toasted bread combine with a final kick of acidity to create an evocative, harmonious and refreshing finish.
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)