Mer Soleil 2015 Chardonnay Reserve, Santa Lucia Highlands

Mer Soleil 2015 Chardonnay Reserve, Santa Lucia Highlands

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Wine Spectator

The Wagner family legacy of winemaking has been carried on for three generations. The family’s deep roots of farming grapes and producing wine began in 1915 in the Napa Valley. Charlie F. Wagner and L...

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About Mer Soleil 2015 Chardonnay Reserve, Santa Lucia Highlands

The Wagner family legacy of winemaking has been carried on for three generations. The family’s deep roots of farming grapes and producing wine began in 1915 in the Napa Valley. Charlie F. Wagner and Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, along with their son, Chuck, established Caymus Vineyards in 1972. Chuck saw great potential for producing quality wines outside of the Napa Valley as well, and by 1988, Chuck began planting land in the Santa Lucia Highlands. This appellation, located in Monterey County, is along the cooler coastline, yielding early ripening for Chardonnay. Mer Soleil Chardonnay became the product of this quality chosen site, and has been run by Chuck’s eldest son, Charlie F. Wagner II, since 2001.


Grapes for this Chard were harvested at full ripeness by hand.  Fermentation and aging take place in French oak barrels for 12-15 months, using a mix of new and used for just the right amount  of oak component. Only a portion of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation to ensure a firm acidity along with a hint of  butter.



Wine Spectator scored this 90 points saying "This offers a nice balance between rich buttery notes and concentrated white fruit flavors that are lavishly spiced. Nutmeg and dried sage details show on the finish. Drink now through 2021."

Wine Details

  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type White
  • Country United States
  • Region California
  • Appellation Central Coast

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