Mer Soleil is Chardonnay made in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. The estate also makes a Chardonnay called Silver. Mer Soleil is fermented in French oak, Silver is unoaked. Both are part of the Wagner Family of Wine, an umbrella company for a portfolio of family-produced wines, the most famous of which is Caymus. Chuck Wagner, current patriarch of the Wagner family, descends from Alsatian immigrants who settled in Rutherford in 1906 and produced bulk wines until Prohibition. Several generations later in 1972 the family established Caymus Vineyards, widely recognized as one of Napa’s finest producers. Today Chuck Wagner’s adult children are also involved in the family’s wine enterprise, which includes the labels Red Schooner, Mer Soleil and Emmolo. Charlie Wagner is winemaker and viticulturist from Mer Soleil and Silver.