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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Brand NameMer Soleil
Wine NameUnoaked Chardonnay
Vintage (Year)2012
AVASanta Lucia Highlands
CountryUnited States
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypeChardonnay
Dry/Sweet Level
(1-5; 5 being the sweetest)
Body Range
(1-5; 5 being full-bodied)
Alcohol %14.8%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$20 - $30
Site Rating10 (on a scale of 1-10)

This was one of those bottles that I normally think is stylish but I glance over because I am not trying to spend the money and then be disappointed.  Luckily, I believe that I tried this one at the annual portfolio tasting of Capital Wine and Spirits, if not that of Southern Wine and Spirits.  It was phenomenal and so I picked up a bottle the other day.

First off, I really can't comment on the aroma of this wine because I am getting minerality and only slight floral aspects; I am having this with some jerk chicken so it's a great counterbalance to the spice.  Oh, I do get some stone fruits.

The wine itself is unoaked, and the essence of the soil/terroire creeps through in a great way.  I get a very nice essence of white peach/nectarine combined with the slightest addition of butterscotch.  I get a little bit of something between cucumber and hibiscus as well.  The finish is not necessarily quick, but halfway through the flavors change somewhat and you get the subtler hints of what's happening.  Who cares about color when the mouth is full and a little weighty?

A perfect wine.


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