Wine Enthusiast 92
Layers of baked berry, pie crust and star anise show on the nose of this clonal combination. Its clean and direct on the palate, offering tart red-currant and cranberry flavors, touched up by thyme, lavender and potpourri elements.
Tasting Panel 92
Pale ruby color and a fresh cherry nose. Crisp and bright, with notes of cherry, strawberry, and rhubarb; silky and fresh, charming and long.
Jeb Dunnuck 92
Coming from a mix of clones, the light ruby-hued 2018 Pinot Noir Twelve Clones gives up a pretty nose of framboise and strawberries as well as lots of floral, rose petal, sappy herb, and minty aromas and flavors. It's another lightly textured, medium-bodied, elegant wine from this estate to enjoy over the coming 4-6 years.
The 2018 Twelve Clones demonstrates the finesse of pinot noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It displays aromas of blackberry, cola, and allspice. Flavors of red and black fruit are complemented by notes of black plum and toasty oak. Perfectly poised, this medium bodied wine is light on its feet with elegant tannins and bright acidity. A wonderful accompaniment to roasted chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef, or lamb preparation.
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Morgan Winery was founded in 1982 by Dan and Donna Lee,and is committed to making elegant, refined wines from the finest Santa Lucia Highlands and Monterey vineyards.
The winery's own Double L Vineyard is in the northern section of the Santa Lucia Highlands sub-appellation of Monterey. This organically farmed site has 45 acres currently producing fine Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. Considered to be the "Cote d'Or" of California, these Santa Lucia Highlands hillside vineyards are in a prime location for the production of cool weather varietals. Organic farming of Double L ensures the purest expression of terroir. Notable neighbors include Sleepy Hollow, Mer et Soleil, Rosella's and Garys' vineyards. The first Double L crop was harvested in the fall of 1999.
The wines are currently being made by Gianni Abate, who comes to Morgan Winery from the Robert Mondavi Corp. on the Central Coast. His experiences on the Central Coast have taught him to balance the science and the art of winemaking. He has a tremendous palate, which is necessary to produce world-class wines.
The Winery is located in Salinas, where traditional winemaking techniques, combined with modern technology, allow Morgan to bottle wines that are distinct examples of the winegrowing regions from which the fruit comes, as well as the natural characteristics of the fruit itself.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic