The Wagner family of California is synonymous with grape-growing and fine winemaking. The family’s deep roots of farming grapes and producing wine began in 1915 in the Napa Valley. Charlie F. Wagner and Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, along with their son, Chuck, established Caymus Vineyards in 1972.
Chuck saw great potential for producing quality wines outside of the Napa Valley as well, and by 1988, Chuck began planting land in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
This appellation, located in Monterey County, is along the cooler coastline, yielding early ripening Chardonnay. Mer Soleil Chardonnay became the product of this quality chosen site, and has been run by Chuck’s eldest son, Charlie F. Wagner II, since 2001. As a teenager, Charlie began making wine along side his father. Charlie and his brother Joe, winemaker of Belle Glos, grew up learning and carrying on the viticulture practices of the Wagner family. However, Charlie continually seeks innovation as he produces high quality Chardonnay.
The original Chardonnay plantings for Mer Soleil were in the Santa Lucia Highlands located in the Salinas Valley of California. Vineyards located in Santa Barbara were added later. The Santa Barbara vineyards are found in an area that is somewhat cooler than the Santa Lucia Highlands. The Santa Barbara Chardonnay Reserve receives a lighter oak treatment than the Santa Lucia Highlands as a result, and is much more restrained.
On offer this week is the 2014 Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Barbara Chardonnay. This is classic California Chardonnay: ripe fruit; barrel-fermented and barrel-aged; rich and round with good balanced acidity.
The 2014 Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Barbara Chardonnay is available for immediate delivery. To order, simply e-mail or call 416-463-4677.