90pts Wilfred Wong
The 2018 Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir shows loads of fruit and a hint of oak. This wine offers aromas and flavors of ripe boysenberries, black fruit, and savory oak. Serve it with rosemary and garlic-accented roast leg of lamb.
A vibrant cranberry hue, this wine features scents of fresh cherry tarte and toasted wood, with a caramelized sweetness of vanilla. The nose is undeniably Santa Lucia Highlands - a wet stone minerality and subtle oceanic character evoke fresh breezes off the Pacific, signaling this wine's cool coastal origin. Opening texture of slight graphite awakens every part of the palate. Entry is fresh, yet integrated with mouth-filling creaminess. On the finish, toasted bread notes balance the wisp of natural acidity and cherry tarte echoing the nose.