2012 Mer Soleil, "Silver" Unoaked Chardonnay, Monterey


Press and Tasting Notes

Silver captures the crisp, pure, mineral essence of classic Chablis. Mineral driven from limestone based cement tank fermentation brings out aromas reminiscent of the first rain of spring. Soft and round entry with an acid backbone informs you these grapes are grown in a cooler climate. Mid palate reveals ripe fruits such as lemons, gooseberry, an ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick

Featured October 03, 2011


Mer Soleil Silver by Caymus is more than just a pretty package. Not only does it capture the pure, clean expression of Chardonnay from the Pacific coastline, it boasts a Chablis-like quality because fermentation takes place in imported limestone cement tanks from France.
    This French character trait is further reinforced by using limestone-based cement bottles. The packaging is more than just marketing. Here, form follows function with the cement bottles imbuing the wonderful Burgundian characteristics of classic minerality wrapped around tropical fruit.
    No oak is used in this one-of-a-kind wine nor is it needed. Classic citrus fruit jumps to the nose buoyed by a creamy texture and luscious mouth feel of wet rock. Young pineapple aromas fill the glass instantly. As it flows to the palate, the sense of stone also plays the role of backstop, lacing the zesty acidity of this Chardonnay with a downright enveloping personality. The finish is lengthy and fine.
    This wine is more than unique and far more than just a great Chardonnay. It is a fantastic pairing with seafood. There is something about a combination of briny shrimp or the rich creaminess of a good clam chowder, and the superbly balanced acidity of the 2010 Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay that just sings.
    Enjoy now and over the next five years. This is a great transition wine from the warm weather to the cooler nights of Autumn. Enjoy! Read More »



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