Caymus Mer Soleil Pinot Noir Reserve 2017Caymus
Origin: Santa Lucia Highlands, USA
Grape: Pinot Noir
With the alluring color of dark plums, this wine features scents of ripe cherries with cocoa, pomace, blueberry, toasted wood and a soft, powdery whiff of old-fashioned lipstick. The palate is all about texture – entry is soft, with a round, complete quality. Flavors of cherry cobbler mingle with cola notes and hints of anise. Tannins are structured yet extremely fine, providing a lush, lingering mouthfeel. On the finish, a wisp of acidity adds balance and freshness, a reminder of this wine’s origins in a cool, coastal region of California.
For Charlie Wagner, son of Caymus founder Chuck Wagner, it was a natural progression to produce a Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, because the area is perfectly suited for ripening Burgundian varieties. The area’s topography and proximity to the Pacific Ocean allows for a long hang time, and in many areas, the fruit is able to reach optimum maturity, resulting in profound flavors. The 2017 marks the inaugural release of Charlie’s Reserve Pinot under the Mer Soleil moniker, and after tasting the release, it’s abundantly clear that he’s hit the ground running with a wine that’s destined for success.
The Santa Lucia Highlands is known for producing Pinots with great depth, often showing cherry-berry pie and exotic spices, and the Mer Soleil Reserve embellishes these qualities with stunning intensity and balance. Here’s a terrific opportunity to jump on board with his latest endeavor that’s about to make waves in the California Pinot Noir realm…