2015 Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA (750ml)
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he story of a wine is the story of a place, and it's hard to imagine a better place to make Chardonnay than Monterey County. As John Steinbeck wrote, "I've lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate." There is no shortage of weather in Monterey County, which includes the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. Tranquil early morning fog and sunny afternoons give way to afternoon winds, with gusts of up to 20 miles per hour. Out of that dramatic combination comes a slow ripening of grapes that allows us to produce intense fruit flavors balanced with vibrant acidity.