Mer Soleil Silver "Unoaked" Chardonnay 2018, Monterey County, California

Tasting notes: The alluring color of honeysuckle, this wine features scents of creamy citrus, calling to mind the meringue on top of lemon squares. The freshness of the nose evokes a walk through the vineyard or the minerality of wet granite encountered on a hike. Entry on the palate is round and soft, infused with flavors of apricot, Meyer lemon and the crispness of the first peaches of the season. Monterey County is an ideal place for making Chardonnay with its dramatic weather, rugged beauty and rich character. Foggy mornings give way to bright sunshine, which is tempered by afternoon gusts of wind blowing off Monterey Bay. Fermentation and aging take place in a combination of stainless steel and small concrete tanks imported from Burgundy, France. The tanks are unlined, allowing the wine to “breathe” through a small amount oxygen contact. They also enhance silver’s distinct minerality, a quality that adds dimension to its lively freshness.