Morgan 'Highland' Chardonnay 2014
Item Number: 22554
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Item Number: 22554
Wine Enthusiast 93
"An amazing wine for less than $30, this bottling by veteran Winemaker Dan Lee starts with tightly wound aromas of dried yogurt, Meyer lemon peel, honeysuckle and Asian-pear flesh. Great grapefruit-pith flavors kick off the sip, where lime juice and baking soda combine for a tight, bright, grippy, laser-focused and high-toned palate."
The Santa Lucia Highlands - Monterey Bay’s cool ocean breezes lead to gentle ripening in the foothills above the Salinas Valley. Perfect conditions for growing award-winning Chardonnay.
With each vintage of Highland Chardonnay, we showcase the unique attributes of our Double L Vineyard and the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The 2014 cuvee includes 63% fruit from the Double L and the balance from outstanding neighboring estates in the SLH, including McIntyre and Tondre. The Double L Vineyard has been “Certified Organic” since 2002 but has been conscientiously farmed in this method since the original plantings in 1997.
The 2014 growing season saw a continuation of the drought in California. The lower than normal rainfall totals and dry winter led to early budbreak. The vineyards proximity to Monterey Bay mitigated the few heat events, allowing for a fairly normal, gentle, long ripening period. Fruit quality from the 2014 vintage was uniformly excellent.
The grapes were hand picked and sorted in the vineyard. Whole cluster pressing preserved the fruit flavors and natural acidity. We barrel fermented the wine in 26% new French oak along with a combination of one and two year old and neutral barrels. Partial malo-lactic fermentation ensured the wine has a creamy richness balanced by bright fruit acidity.
This focused, elegant Chardonnay’s aromas feature nectarine, river rock, and grapefruit. On the palate, the rich fruit flavors are complemented by a light touch of toasty oak and refreshing pear and lime zest. Incredibly food-friendly, the 2014 Highland Chardonnay is a perfect match with cream-sauced pastas, roast chicken and pork, and seafood...
Great Chardonnay - Excellent balance between fruit forward and restrained winemaking, this chardonnay has become one of my new favorites. Highly recommended!
Posted by David on 9/13/17 [Verified]
Morgan Highland Chardonnay 2014 - Nice Smooth Chardonnay - use to purchase it all the time . Unfortunately the cork would crumble in the bottle and that because regular and not every now and then. The recent bottle didn't have that issue. However, I purchased it again and part of the cork was stubborn and split some.
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