Mer Soleil Vineyards: Santa Lucia Highlands

Mer Soleil Vineyards: Santa Lucia Highlands

Winemaker Charlie Wagner describes a day in the vineyard at Mer Soleil in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Watch this film.

2012 Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay

2012 Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay

Our unique ceramic bottle is reminiscent of the concrete fermenters that enhance this wine so beautifully, and continues to preserve the bright, fresh fruit characters. Watch this film.

2011 Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay

2011 Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay

Our goal at Mer Soleil is to let the Monterey sunshine express itself through our grapes. The wines are creamy, rich and balanced with lively acidity. Watch this film.

Mer Soleil Shoot Thining 2010

Mer Soleil Shoot Thining 2010

Winemaking tips by Mer Soleil Winemaker Charlie Wagner. Watch this film.

Mer Soleil Chardonnay (pre-harvest 2010)

Mer Soleil Chardonnay (pre-harvest 2010)

Mer Soleil Vineyards Winemaker Charlie Wagner shows us what kind of concentrated fruit goes into his Chardonnay. The fruit is grown on the Mer Soleil Ranch vineyard located in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. Watch this film.

Mer Soleil Silver (Unoaked) Chardonnay

Mer Soleil Silver (Unoaked) Chardonnay

"Oaked or unoaked?" Most people said they enjoy their wine unoaked so they could taste the true vineyard flavors. For that reason, we produce two chardonnays at Mer Soleil Vineyards:
Oaked = Tropical Flavors + Buttery Hint
Unaoked = Tropical Flavors + Natural Minerality!
Wondering how we get the minerality flavors in our "Silver" Chardonnay? Watch this film.

Mer Soleil Harvest 2010

Mer Soleil Harvest 2010

It was a longer growing season for us at our Mer Soleil Vineyard, due to the cooler weather we had over the summer. We harvested 70% of our fruit by machine and 30% by hand. This video demonstrates why we use these techniques. Watch this film.

2008 Mer Soleil Chardonnay

2008 Mer Soleil Chardonnay

Our aim for this wine is a unique Mer Soleil profile: bold, full-bodied and lush in texture, yet balanced by cool-climate acidity. Coastal, rain-free weather at our vineyards during the long growing allowed us to select only pristine grape clusters, amber-gold in color and fully ripe, with aromas and flavors reminiscent of tropical fruit, honeysuckle and citrus. We aged the lots from individual vineyard blocks separately in French oak, then "composed" the wine, including only those lots that showed our desired complexity and richness. Watch this film.

Videos

We believe video can be best tool to communicate our favorite winemaking techniques – from farming in the vineyard to fermenting and bottling. Check these videos out and come back often as we'll be uploading more videos as the seasons pass!

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