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Crown Wine & Spirits USD 28.97 750ml

Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2016

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A lush and delicious Chardonnay, with pure fruit flavors. The owners of Caymus Vineyards decided they wanted to produce Chardonnay so they found vineyards with the best possible micro-climate. The Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey is a Mecca for Chardonnay. The Santa Lucia Highlands sits on terraces overlooking the Salinas River Valley. During the growing season, warmer temperatures of inland California pulls ocean air and fog into the valley just below the Mer Soleil vineyard location. The Monterey Bay actually cools the entire Salinas Valley protecting the vines from California's potential heat spikes that can be devastating for Chardonnay. This appellation is known for the wild daily winds running through it at the clip of 20 miles per hour. These conditions have a slow ripening effect on the grapes and encourage high quality wine. The Santa Lucia Highlands sits on terraces overlooking the Salinas River Valley. During the growing season, warmer temperatures of inland California pulls ocean air and fog into the valley just below the Mer Soleil vineyard location. The Monterey Bay actually cools the entire Salinas Valley protecting the vines from California's potential heat spikes that can be devastating for Chardonnay. This appellation is known for the wild daily winds running through it at the clip of 20 miles per hour. These conditions have a "slow ripening" effect on the grapes and encourage higher quality wine. Santa Lucia Highlands is arguably one of the best regions in the world for producing Chardonnay. Mer Soleil Chardonnay vines are nestled on east-facing lower slopes of the Sierra de Salinas range in what is one of the coolest, direct grape-growing area in Califormia. The wine is fermented and aged in French oak barrels for 12-15 months prior to bottling. Only a portion of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation, to ensure a bright natural acidity. The wine undegoes hand stirring of the barrels to capture more essence and impart a creamy textural component.

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Caymus Vineyards:
Caymus Vineyards was founded in 1972 by Charles F. (Charlie) Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son Charles J. (Chuck) Wagner on the family's Rutherford property. The Wagners produced their first Cabernet Sauvignon from the 1972 vintage. Their first Special Selection - from outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon lots  - was made from the 1975 vintage. Caymus has made Napa Valley Cabe... Read more
Caymus Vineyards was founded in 1972 by Charles F. (Charlie) Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son Charles J. (Chuck) Wagner on the family's Rutherford property. The Wagners produced their first Cabernet Sauvignon from the 1972 vintage. Their first Special Selection - from outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon lots  - was made from the 1975 vintage. Caymus has made Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon every year since its founding, and now focuses entirely on this variety. Read less

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Vintage: 2014 07/05/2017

A lush and delicious Chardonnay, with pure fruit flavors. The owners of Caymus Vineyards decided they wanted to produce Chardonnay so they found vineyards with the best possible micro-climate. The Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey is a Mecca for Chardonnay. The Santa Lucia Highlands sits on terraces overlooking the Salinas River Valley. During the growing season, warmer temperatures of inland California pulls ocean air and fog into the valley just below the Mer Soleil vineyard location. The Monterey Bay actually cools the entire Salinas Valley protecting the vines from California's potential heat spikes that can be devastating for Chardonnay. This appellation is known for the wild daily winds running through it at the clip of 20 miles per hour. These conditions have a slow ripening effect on the grapes and encourage high quality wine. The Santa Lucia Highlands sits on terraces overlooking the Salinas River Valley. During the growing season, warmer temperatures of inland California pulls ocean air and fog into the valley just below the Mer Soleil vineyard location. The Monterey Bay actually cools the entire Salinas Valley protecting the vines from California's potential heat spikes that can be devastating for Chardonnay. This appellation is known for the wild daily winds running through it at the clip of 20 miles per hour. These conditions have a "slow ripening" effect on the grapes and encourage higher quality wine. Santa Lucia Highlands is arguably one of the best regions in the world for producing Chardonnay. Mer Soleil Chardonnay vines are nestled on east-facing lower slopes of the Sierra de Salinas range in what is one of the coolest, direct grape-growing area in Califormia. The wine is fermented and aged in French oak barrels for 12-15 months prior to bottling. Only a portion of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation, to ensure a bright natural acidity. The wine undegoes hand stirring of the barrels to capture more essence and impart a creamy textural component.



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