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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 24 
ProducerMer Soleil (web)
DesignationSilver Unoaked
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationSanta Lucia Highlands
UPC Code(s)710909707176

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2012 (based on 6 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.5 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 89 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by JDRFoster on 11/26/2012 & rated 87 points: Tropical fruit nose, more lemon citrus in the mouth, crisp, refreshingly unoaked, medium finish, and a nice bit of spicy minerality. (2967 views)
 Tasted by John Nezlek on 9/14/2012 & rated 92 points: Another excellent bottle.The first half of the bottle tasted like some kind of non-Burgundy white wine from France. It was rich and full, but not in the way that Chardonnay usually is. The second half of the bottle was more "typical" but still exceptional. I will definitely keep my eye out for more. The best Cal Chard I can remember having, although admittedly, I do not go that upscale with this type of wine. (3278 views)
 Tasted by tcufletch on 9/1/2012 & rated 89 points: Very dark straw color; nose of butterscotch, lemon, granny smith apples, taste of mild citrus, mild butterscotch, fresh herbs; medium-strong acid; slightly thick viscosity; short to medium finish.

Really a great Napa Chard and I definitely prefer those that are unoaked. (3546 views)
 Tasted by tcufletch on 7/13/2012 & rated 90 points: No formal tasting notes, which is odd as I've now had a few of these across a couple vintages. Really nice unoaked Chardonay produced by the Wagner family, who also make Caymus and Belle Glos wines. (3724 views)
 Tasted by Bowmanifesto on 6/10/2012 & rated 91 points: One of my very favorite American chards. I seem to like it better than most on CT do, because I rate it higher. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! (3721 views)
 Tasted by Bowmanifesto on 3/27/2012 & rated 91 points: Glorious. Bright. Sassy. And just the right bit of tart. (1735 views)
 Tasted by CarlCP on 9/3/2011 & rated 88 points: crisp nose with hints of pear. taste brings out the pear and fruits. smooth and very nice with spicy Cajun food. (3138 views)
 Tasted by RaphaelMalago on 8/29/2011 & rated 82 points: very good clean and straightforward chardonnay. not impressive but delivered the 'basics' of a good chardonnay. Very fresh on the nose with pineapple and apples, followed by a strong palate with freshness and quite a creamy characteristic. Good (3151 views)
 Tasted by Neil H on 8/29/2011 & rated 91 points: Solid unoaked Chard. Drinking well right now. Great late summer wine. Recommended. (3302 views)
 Tasted by n2wine on 8/21/2011 & rated 88 points: Not a big fan of Chards but this one was good. Crisp and light. (3220 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 8/19/2011 & rated 90 points: Golden yellow color. Green apple, melon, pear, and peach aromas and flavors. Crisp fruit and citrus on the mid-palate leading to a long clean finish. Moderate acidity. Paired with pasta alfredo. Overall, an excellent Cali Chardonnay, perfect for summer time enjoyment. (3282 views)
 Tasted by Neil H on 8/8/2011 & rated 90 points: Solid crisp chard. Highly recommend during the hot summer months. (3356 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/1/2011 & rated 90 points: - Yellow color. (3399 views)
 Tasted by bullmrkt on 7/19/2011 & rated 84 points: Decent nose and lots of tropical fruits on the palate, but this is just too fat of a palate and too much alcohol for my tastes. That said, this has improved over the past year since I last had one. (3514 views)
 Tasted by Bowmanifesto on 7/16/2011 & rated 91 points: With meats, cheeses and breads from Eataly, Soleil Unoaked is the perfect summer companion. Bright with notes of lemon, melon and apricot, creamy in texture, enduring in finish. What a pleasure! (3511 views)
 Tasted by Freegrazer on 7/7/2011: pretty good (3576 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 6/10/2011 & rated 89 points: Straw yellow color. Green apple, pear, and lemon on the nose and palate. A crisp, dry, medium length, finish with citrus predominant. Moderate acidity in comparison to the fruitiness. Paired well with fettuccine alfredo. (3713 views)
 Tasted by skaliner on 5/5/2011 & rated 86 points: too flinty (4046 views)
 Tasted by Bowmanifesto on 4/24/2011 & rated 91 points: Bright straw color. Clean nose, with notes of fresh picked apples. On the palate, crisp melon, lemon zest, and fine sharp finish, with a cut like flint. In my mind's eye, this is laser light and arrow tip. Brilliant! (4186 views)
 Tasted by John Nezlek on 3/20/2011 & rated 92 points: 90 points for being an excellent bottle of wine -- all components nicely balanced. 2 points for having some type of funky (in the positive sense of unusual) set of tastes. I could not pinpoint them (they were unique in my experience), but I really liked this bottle. Sorry that I do not have much for the adjective crowd. It's not my bag. (4282 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 2/13/2011 & rated 90 points: Fruity aromas with notes of apple, pear, lemon, honeysuckle, and vanilla. Nice fruit on the palate, consistent with the nose. Bright citrus and good acidity in balance on the mid-palate, with a clean, crisp finish. Paired very well with fettucine carbonara. Overall, a very nice chard and at $17 a good QPR. (4615 views)
 Tasted by RJandGB on 1/23/2011 & rated 91 points: We always enjoy Silver and this is the last of our 2007. We poured it for a dinner of oysters and crab cakes (with whilte ports) - specifically to go with the grilled oysters with a lemon dill sauce - awesome. You can taste the Meyer Lemons that grow in the vineyard and it's crisp, clean chardonnay characteristics with good acidity and mineral. It is so different from the oaked chardonnay from the same vineyard that you can hardly believe they are the same grapes. (4781 views)
 Tasted by Troon on 1/3/2011 & rated 87 points: The nose was pretty light. Apple and pear on the palate. This wine went well with shrimp pasta. (5079 views)
 Tasted by EMichels on 1/3/2011 & rated 89 points: Beautiful nose; Like banana pudding; Rich (5010 views)
 Tasted by msr on 12/18/2010 & rated 88 points: Crisp. Very fruity, with a strong hint of grass. (5156 views)
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