Morgan Winery

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

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Morgan 'Highland' Chardonnay 2016
88  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 88Very restrained on the nose, this bottling shows light aromas of honeysuckle, blanched almond and lemon rinds. There is good tension on the sip, where fresh and clean citrus and stone fruit flavors ride a steely texture.

Morgan 'Metallico' Chardonnay 2015
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 Editor's Choice "This is a stainless steel bottling done right. Citrusy aromas of lime peel, orange pith, just-ripe Asian pear and a flash of sweet butter show on the nose. The texture is phenomenally grippy on the sip, where flavors of crushed chalk meet with yuzu zest,

Morgan 'Highland' Chardonnay 2015
90  Vinous Media 
The Tasting Panel 93 “Golden color; smooth, vanilla and spiced nose; silky and lush with toasty new oak and rich pear and juicy citrus fruit; elegant and balanced, graceful and long with depth and considerable finesse.” -Anthony Dias Blue, Aug 2017"  Wine Advocate 90 "The 2015 Chardonnay

Morgan 'Twelve Clones' Pinot Noir 2015
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Vivid red. Lively, highly perfumed red berry, Asian spice and potpourri scents are complicated by hints of allspice and white pepper. Silky and appealingly sweet on the palate; juicy acidity gives lift and spine to red fruit liqueur and rose pastille flavors. Finishes with suave,

Morgan 'Monterey' Sauvignon Blanc 2015
TASTING NOTES The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc features aromas of lemon balm, guava, and citrus blossom. Flavors of key lime and grapefruit with a hint of grass are lively and refreshing. The small touch of oak lightly accents the bright acidity and adds an elegant texture. An incredibly food-versatile

Morgan 'Highland' Chardonnay 2014
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93  Wine Enthusiast 
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

Morgan 'Twelve Clones' Pinot Noir 2014
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Brilliant red. Zesty, spice-accented red berries and fresh flowers on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Juicy and tightly focused; a hint of allspice appears as the wine opens up. Closes on a clean, spicy note, offering energetic cut and silky tannins that sneak in slowly. --

Morgan 'Metallico' Chardonnay 2014
88  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 88 "The 2014 Chardonnay Metallico Unoaked (first made in 2001) offers classy notes of lemon curd, white flowers, melon and even some tropical notes in its medium-bodied, lively, yet nicely textured personality. While this cuvee was overtly racy and lean in the past, it has more

Morgan 'Monterey' Sauvignon Blanc 2014
" Our Sauvignon Blanc is a proprietary blend of classic Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Musqué, Semillon, and Albarino. The classic Sauvignon Blanc clone offers typical sweet grass flavors while Sauvignon Musqué is a cultivar that we prize for its aromatic intensity and citrus, tropical fruit flavors.

Morgan 'Highland' Chardonnay 2013
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Light yellow-gold. Smoky and spicy on the nose, displaying ripe citrus and orchard fruit aromas and flavors and a suggestion of candied ginger. Smooth and open-knit but lively as well, with a touch of leesiness emerging slowly. Finishes silky, broad and long, with refreshing

Morgan 'Metallico' Chardonnay 2013
89  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 89 "A solid value that has a Chablis-like minerality and oyster-shell quality, the 2013 Chardonnay Metallico gives up pretty lime and citrus fruit in its medium-bodied, balanced and refreshing style. Fermented and aged in 60% stainless steel and 40% neutral barrels, it should be

Morgan 'Monterey' Sauvignon Blanc 2013
" Our Sauvignon Blanc is a proprietary blend of classic Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Musqué, Semillon, and Albarino. The classic Sauvignon Blanc clone offers typical sweet grass flavors while Sauvignon Musqué is a cultivar that we prize for its aromatic intensity and citrus, tropical fruit flavors.

Morgan 'Twelve Clones' Pinot Noir 2013
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90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Bright ruby-red. Primary dark berry and cherry scents unfold slowly to show peppery spice, cola and mocha elements. Fleshy and seamless in the mouth, offering pliant red and dark berry flavors that tighten up on the back half. Shows surprising vivacity for its heft, finishing with

Morgan 'Highland' Chardonnay 2012
90  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 90  "The 2012 Chardonnay Highland Santa Lucia Highlands is a barrel-fermented effort that saw 25% new French oak. It exhibits classy peach, pineapple and apple-tart qualities that flow nicely to medium-bodied, crisp and focused feel on the palate. It represents a rock-solid value and

Morgan 'Monterey' Sauvignon Blanc 2012
89  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 89 Editor's Choice "This is Morgan’s basic Sauvignon Blanc, but its qualities extend far beyond the appellation and price. It’s vibrant in acidity, with rich, complex apricot, orange, pineapple, mango and vanilla flavors. There’s a bit of oak, just enough to give a hint of

Morgan 'Twelve Clones' Pinot Noir 2012
"THE PLACE The “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir is drawn from the finest vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, including Morgan’s own organically farmed “Double L” estate - which, in the 2012 vintage, accounted for 63% of the final blend. The “Twelve Clones” designation denotes the original

Morgan 'Metallico' Chardonnay 2012
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Pure and ripe, offering juicy notes of honeydew melon, ginger, spice and nectarine, ending with a sustained finish that echoes the core fruit flavors. Drink now through 2017. 6,108 cases made. —J.L"  "Metallico is Chardonnay in the purest form, without an overlay of oak or malo

Morgan 'Twelve Clones' Pinot Noir 2011
"The “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir is drawn from the finest vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, including Morgan’s own organically farmed “Double L” estate - which, in the 2011 vintage, accounted for 45% of the final blend. The “Twelve Clones” designation denotes the original diverse

Morgan 'Cotes du Crow' Syrah/Grenache 2010
" Cotes du Crow’s is sourced primarily from the San Lucas and Arroyo Seco appellations of Monterey. Morgan sources the Syrah and Grenache for the 2010 Cote de Crows from vineyards that are in the southern portion of the appelation. Temperatures are warmer down valley as the coastal fog doesn't

Morgan 'Monterey' Sauvignon Blanc 2011
"Our Sauvignon Blanc is a proprietary blend of classic Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Musqué and Semillon. The classic Sauvignon Blanc clone offers typical sweet grass flavors while Sauvignon Musqué is a cultivar that we prize for its aromatic intensity and citrus, tropical fruit flavors. Semillon,

Morgan 'Santa Lucia' Chardonnay 2011
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "An impressive Chardonnay that represents a solid value, the 2011 Chardonnay Highland has an understated elegance and richness that emerges with time in the glass. Offering classic golden fruits, vanilla custard and brioche aromas and flavors, with medium-bodied depth and juicy

Morgan 'Metallico' Chardonnay 2011
"Metallico is Chardonnay in its purest form, without an overlay of oak to mask any of its fruit expression. The aromatics, intense fruit character and bright acidity are the goals here. This vintage of Metallico is composed of fruit from the Santa Lucia Highland and Arroyo Seco appellations. The

Morgan 'Twelve Clones' Pinot Noir 2010
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92  WS TOP 100 2012 Rank 83 "Well-crafted, tight and structured, with firm, gripping tannins keeping the zesty, tart wild berry, blackberry and date-nut bread flavors in check. Drink now through 2020. 10,000 cases made. ~ J.L."  "Leather, toast, minerals and vanilla, with

Morgan 'Metallico' Chardonnay 2010
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Fresh and lively, with attractive floral, honeydew and honeysuckle scents that are pure, ripe and refreshing on the palate, with a mix of white peach and nectarine. Drink now through 2017. 5,325 cases made. J.L."   "Metallico is Chardonnay in its purest form, without an

Morgan Cotes du Crow's Syrah/Grenache 2009
"Cotes du Crow's is sourced primarily from the San Lucas and Arroyo Seco appellations of Monterey. Morgan sources the Syrah and Grenache for the 07 Cote de Crows from vineyards that are in the southern portion of the appelation. Temperatures are warmer down valley as the coastal fog doesn't always