Mer Soleil is named after the two prominent natural growing conditions of California's Santa Lucia Highlands, sea (mer) and sun (soleil). This coastal appellation of Monterey County gives way to high quality Chardonnay as mornings and evenings pull in fog from the nearby Monterey bay, while the afternoons provide bright, warm sunlight. The unique combination of the sea and sun provide cool and dry growing conditions, developing the rich, complex flavors the Wagner family is seeking.
Never seeing the inside of an oak barrel, Mer Soleil Silver is a pure, clean expression of Chardonnay. This is not a typical Chardonnay, and its bottle is equally distinct. Its matte gray finish was inspired by the concrete fermenters that create this wine's singular character.
Fair in color and fresh from start to finish, Silver opens with aromas of flower blossoms, crisp pears and a hint of honeysuckle. Bright citrus evokes the clean taste of Meyer lemons, which grow amidst our estate vineyards, where a portion of this wine is sourced. On the palate, the wine is round and layered, with an acidity and depth that belie its unoaked character. The finish brings a lingering freshness that creates a perfect complement to grilled seafood, tomato-based dishes, and fresh oysters — and leaves a brightness in the mouth that leaves you wanting another sip. (from the vintner)