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2016 Mer Soleil Chardonnay "Reserve"

Mer Soleil 2016 Reserve Chardonnay

Winery: Mer Soleil

Vintage: 2016

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Reserve"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Santa Lucia Highlands

State or country: CA

Price: $32

Cases produced: 59,439

KWG Score: 89.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: January 15, 2019

Wine Review: This white gold colored Chardonnay from Mer Soleil opens with a fragrant pineapple and pear bouquet with a hint of almond. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and has a round mouthfeel. The flavor profile is a mild oak influenced Anjou pear with notes of minerality and some hints of toffee and pineapple mixed in. The finish is dry and its flavors and acidity are nicely prolonged. Our mini tasting group suggested pairing this Chard with a chicken and wild mushroom ravioli with a light cream sauce. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: 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.

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