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Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2009

by Nannette Eaton on January 25, 2012

“Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.” — John Updike

“Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty.” — Galileo Galilei


Naked? On the rocks? If that’s how you like it, Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay is your wine. This chardonnay never sees a day in an oak barrel (i.e. “naked”) instead it’s fermented in cement to retain the essence of the chardonnay grape. The color is pale golden with a tinge of green with clear clean flavors of citrus, green apple and melon poured over river rock on a spring day. The perfect pairing is a warm winter salad of Jerusalem Artichokes, Bacon & Radicchio. The music match is “Naked” by Anoushka Shankar from the album Rise.

The details: 14.8% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands. Varietal: chardonnay. Packaged in an opaque ceramic vessel instead of a glass bottle. Actual retail ranges from $24-30 depending on your jurisdiction. This was a sample kindly provided by the Wagner Family of Wine.