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2011 Double L Vineyard Syrah

The Double L Vineyard’s location in the Northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA affords Morgan the chance to grow the finest cool climate wine grapes. Planted on Northeast facing terraces overlooking the Salinas River Valley, the North-South vineyard row orientation provides optimum sun exposure and access to the strong afternoon breezes. The winds moderate the afternoon temperature, thickening the grape skins and concentrating flavors. The vineyard is the first in the Santa Lucia Highlands to achieve both organic and sustainable certifications. 

The 2011 growing season was one of the coldest and wettest on record in the  Highlands.  Above average rainfall through the spring and fall pushed back normal harvest dates. The resulting smaller crop size allowed for full ripening prior to picking on November 10th, 2011.

Syrah is the last varietal to be harvested on the Double L.  Ripe fruit is hand picked and sorted for optimal flavor and acidity. After being destemmed, 50% whole berry fermentation is started with native yeasts in small open tanks. Manual punch-downs and an extended maceration allow for great flavor and color extraction with well integrated tannins. 12 months of aging in 35% new Bordeaux French barrels add polish and elegance.

This wine shows deep purple/black hues in the glass. Attractive aromas of blackberry jam and pepper are carried onto the palate with a rich and full mouthfeel of cherry and violets with hints of smokey oak and herbs.

Vintage:

2011

Varietal:

Syrah

Appellation:

Santa Lucia Highlands

Vineyards:

Double L

Barrel Aging:

12 Months in 100% Bordeaux French Oak Barrels

Acidity:

6.5 g/L

Alcohol:

14.2 %

 

Anthony Dias Blue - 92 Points

"Toasty and rich nose; smooth and ripe with glorious bright blueberry and blackberry; spicy, deep and seamless with juicy style and a long, intense finish."

The Wine Advocate - 90 points

“The 2011 Syrah Double L Vineyard shows fantastic Syrah flair with brilliantly pure blackberry, mineral, game and wild herb aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, balanced and with beautiful mid-palate richness....”