Mer Soleil, Santa Barbara County Chardonnay Reserve (2015)
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.
As the second site where have planted Chardonnay vineyards, beautiful Santa Barbara County is slightly warmer than the
Santa Lucia Highlands. At harvest we pick the grapes a little earlier, creating a wine with natural acidity and crispness. This
wine offers the lush flavor of apricots and has a luxurious round mouth feel.