(2013 Vintage) In our pursuit to make the finest Californian Chardonnay we could, my dad Chuck Wagner planted our first chardonnay vines in 1988 in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County. This would go on to become a small winery with a single vineyard bottling called Mer Soleil. A few vines gradually became a few acres, as we increased our vineyard little by little, planting to achieve the highest quality. The first bottling of Mer Soleil Chardonnay was from the 1992 vintage and released in 1995. The name meaning “sea sun” is fitting, as the Monterey Bay is nearby so the climate is highly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and the sun seems to never stop shining on this vineyard. From the outset, the clones of Chardonnay were chosen for low yield and high quality, with the goal to produce a rich, balanced and complex white wine.
Wine Spectator(2012 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/20/2015