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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 16 
TypeWhite
ProducerMer Soleil (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationCentral Coast
UPC Code(s)710909705158

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2009 (based on 8 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.3 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 36 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by DiogoFerraz on 4/12/2010 & rated 90 points: Amanteigado, ótima presença, frutas e baunilha. Suportou bem um strogonoff sem tomate no molho. (3286 views)
 Tasted by xsnrg on 2/17/2010 & rated 89 points: the color was eye popping golden. The taste was good with a nice level of barrel, but not over done at all. Did I mention the color was amazing? (3295 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/31/2009 & rated 91 points: light, non-oaky slightly acidic. Went really well with fish for dinner (3622 views)
 Tasted by mebeling on 9/12/2009: a butter ball of goodness drank during a warm afternoon college football game hook em (3676 views)
 Tasted by annerk on 2/2/2009 & rated 89 points: 50+5+11+16+7
Bright golden color leapt out of the glass. On the nose were notes of white floral mixed with fig, honey, and pear. Tropical fruits melded with a buttery texture and well balanced oak. Crisp finish of tangerine and sage with lingering acidity. Very nice structure for a chardonnay. (4120 views)
 Tasted by jdkru on 12/14/2008 & rated 92 points: One of the best California Chards I have had, it was full of tropical fruit, and a whole lot of oak, and butter. Not that those are the end all be all. Still it was very good. I got this bottle on clearance somewhere, and would have been disappointed had I spent the money to buy it full retail. (3179 views)
 Tasted by wineboat on 11/27/2008 & rated 89 points: buttery richness makes it full on the mouth with a nice finish. Have liked other years a little better but good stuff...maybe a touch heavy on the oak. (3214 views)
 Tasted by smphelps on 10/31/2008 & rated 88 points: Smokey and full, dark golden color offering ripe pear and peaches in a creamy oak base. (3161 views)
 Tasted by vanpe003 on 9/26/2008 & rated 92 points: Another one that apparently I like more than everybody else. Tropical fruits and sweet oak on the nose with good depth. Well balanced on the palate, with enough age to take any edge of the acidity and oak that may have been there earlier. A sweetness that I find more common in Rhone blends, giving it a lush mouthfeel. Fruit, acid, and oak seem to be in great balance for my taste. A style I've always liked, Mer Soleil is probably the closest thing I have to a "house white", along with its cousin Treana. (3187 views)
 Tasted by twosko on 9/3/2008: One of the best tasting chardonnay's I've had, not as buttery as most. Would buy again. (3236 views)
 Tasted by TexAg07 on 8/20/2008 & rated 88 points: Not as great as I had remembered. Still decent balance of oak, butter and fruit make it a decent buy (3398 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/20/2008 & rated 86 points: Not as good as we were expecting. This wine lacked complexity and finesse. It was dull, flat and overoaked. Definitely not worth the price. (3369 views)
 Tasted by smphelps on 5/4/2008 & rated 88 points: Pear nectarine and peaches in a fruity offering. Clear golden yellow, full of oak and body. Finish of butter which is long (3421 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 4/18/2008 & rated 89 points: Gibby's Uncorked, Flight I (Gibby's Wine Den, Geneva, IL): Notes of apple, baked pear and smoky oak. Tropical fruit and banana tones on the palate. Maintains a nice balance of fruit and oak. (2443 views)
 Tasted by hutch on 4/16/2008 & rated 91 points: AD Trade Show: Rich, full, with a great richness balanced by the tropical fruit and acidity. As much as I complain about overoaked chards, I liked this better then the silver, although I'd probably prefer the Silver on the 2nd glass. This wine is a bit a name brand, but the quality is there. 90-91 (3758 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/14/2008 & rated 88 points: Beautiful shiney golden in color with strong aromas of snappy citrus, tropicals, vanilla cream, fig, a bit of sweet spice. Full body with sturdy acidity keeping this very fruity wine in check. MS is highly concentrated with a plethora of flavors including crisp green apples and peaches, nectarine, vanilla, spicey oak, veggies and sage. The finish goes on and on leaving a fruit explosion onboard with a racey acidty. Drink or hold. (3608 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 11/29/2007 & rated 84 points: Binny's California Night (Highland Park): nose: bright nose with oak, butter, vanilla, and citrus. Very standard and stereotypical california chard nose(and I don't mean that in a good way)

taste: all I'm getting is butter and an overwhelming sweetness, but there is little actual distinctive notes to the sweetness.

overall: one dimensional. It's a decent drinkable wine, but it's just soooo stereotypical and there are so many better options out there to spend your money on. The sweetness on it is almost to riesling levels. very blah for me (4421 views)
 Tasted by spendergast on 11/24/2007 & rated 91 points: Nice fruit, moderate oak, medium bodied, slightly butterly, nice finish, reasonable value (3638 views)
 Tasted by vinole on 11/10/2007 & rated 90 points: Crown Fall 07 Upscale Tasting (Boca Raton, FL): Full bodied, and big in the oak and butter categories, but still nicely balanced, even though it's a style I do not prefer. (4744 views)
 Tasted by NathanJM on 9/22/2007 & rated 89 points: Medium pale, clear. Cream, toasted marshmallow. Citrus: pineapple, apricot. on the tongue: buttery, sweet, but reasonable balance. 89. a decent everyday chard. (3410 views)
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