Mer Soleil, Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay Silver (2016)
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.
A sun-kissed, light gold color, the 2016 vintage opens with scents of peach, apricot, Meyer lemon, vanilla wafers and honey.
The nose brings additional interest with subtle notes of truffle, mesquite smoke and the kind of savory saltiness that drifts
off a coastal shore. The palate is fresh and round, with a minerality that evokes wet stone and steel, as well as a lively
acidity that balances lush fruit flavors. Crisp and lingering on the finish, this wine pairs extremely well with salads, grilled
seafood, tomato-based dishes and fresh oysters.