It's very interesting to read through the promotion material on Mer Soleil, which means sea and sun. It was founded in 1988 in the Santa Lucia Highlands which, at the time, was becoming very famous for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The founder was at the cutting edge of the appellation as it is now held in the highest esteem possible.
It goes on to mention how perfect this place is and how it has grown in stature in logarithmic proportions. It is signed by the winemaker, Charlie Wagner. What it never mentions is that Charlie Wagner is the son of Chuck and Lorna Wagner, founders of one of the most revered wineries in California, Caymus. Caymus was founded in 1972 in the Rutherford district of Napa Valley. It was then, and still is, considered the cradle of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Caymus became one of the grapes finest disciples. Their Cabernet's are usually listed in the top five or 10 wines in Napa.
Charlie was fortunate enough to grow up around grapes and winemaking, which he absorbed from the ground up. His passion, however, was matched by his curiosity, so he searched out other areas to grow different grapes. The one he settled on was Santa Lucia, where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay already had a lock. He decided to add one more. From the nose on, balance is the key word here. All the flavors like spice and creamy custard, honeysuckle and lemon zest are held in check by the timely acids begging for a seafood pasta or a cream of broccoli soup.