Mer Soleil

Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

9.0173 ratings
8.811 pro ratings
Santa Lucia Highlands, Central Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Tracey Busch

My favorite Chardonnay to date. Tastes pretty full bodied and rich with fruits.

My favorite Chardonnay to date. Tastes pretty full bodied and rich with fruits.

6 people found it helpfulOct 12th, 2014
Matt Sterr

Buttery with tropical notes. Plenty of ok, too. Ripe.

Buttery with tropical notes. Plenty of ok, too. Ripe.

1 person found it helpfulJan 21st, 2016
Lance E. Farman

Rich, intense, oaky, buttery. Brought the gold. Carmel apples on the palette. Big alcohol (14.8) but balanced enough to handle he heat.

Rich, intense, oaky, buttery. Brought the gold. Carmel apples on the palette. Big alcohol (14.8) but balanced enough to handle he heat.

May 23rd, 2016
Gina Shay

Bananas Foster served on a two-by-four. Cloying. Awkward.

Bananas Foster served on a two-by-four. Cloying. Awkward.

Mar 18th, 2016
Sipping Fine Wine

Opening a bottle, which is unlike a typical CA Chardonnay, the color is a deep golden yellow with complex aromas of citrus, stone fruits and yeasty notes. The palate displayed round flavors of lemons, peaches, mangos and subtle oak. The wine continues to develop and some buttery toast hits as the wine yields to an aftertaste. Well balanced with lively acidity and some minerality on the lingering finish. Well done!

Opening a bottle, which is unlike a typical CA Chardonnay, the color is a deep golden yellow with complex aromas of citrus, stone fruits and yeasty notes. The palate displayed round flavors of lemons, peaches, mangos and subtle oak. The wine continues to develop and some buttery toast hits as the wine yields to an aftertaste. Well balanced with lively acidity and some minerality on the lingering finish. Well done!

Mar 4th, 2016
Roy Goble

Good buttery

Good buttery

Jan 21st, 2016
Kim Colonna

Owner/Sommelier/Importer Petits Creux & Grands Crus

8.6

A bit too rich for me ... Too heavy and not well balanced !! But great aromas of honey and peach with herbal hints.

A bit too rich for me ... Too heavy and not well balanced !! But great aromas of honey and peach with herbal hints.

Jan 3rd, 2016
David L

Yeah ,you can guess.

Yeah ,you can guess.

Jul 16th, 2015
Carly Shepherd

Very good for the price point! I've had other reserve Chardonnays that I like better, but this was a great deal at Safeway for $28.

Very good for the price point! I've had other reserve Chardonnays that I like better, but this was a great deal at Safeway for $28.

Mar 23rd, 2015
ESF
9.0

Look - this is what it is, an opulent sexy Chard that has some age & maturity adding another dimension to the overall effect. Showing dark & oxidized there is still a ton of tropical fruit (guava, pineapple & mango) with caramel dipped apple and orange oil. Thick acidic structure - just not racy and does have trouble cutting thru this viscous giant. Full rich hi-octane across the palate.

Look - this is what it is, an opulent sexy Chard that has some age & maturity adding another dimension to the overall effect. Showing dark & oxidized there is still a ton of tropical fruit (guava, pineapple & mango) with caramel dipped apple and orange oil. Thick acidic structure - just not racy and does have trouble cutting thru this viscous giant. Full rich hi-octane across the palate.

Dec 2nd, 2018