2013 Double L Pinot Noir 1.5L
The Double L Vineyard’s location in the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is widely regarded as one of the best spots for growing world-class Pinot Noir. Planted on east 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 has been Certified Organic since 2002, making it the first SLH vineyard to be achieve both organic and sustainable certifications.
The 2013 growing season was a fairly textbook one throughout the Santa Lucia Highlands. Winter storms gave way to a warm spring and summer, with trademark afternoon winds off the Bay. With very few weather events, the fruit was allowed to develop slowly. Mildew pressure was at a minimum, insuring “clean,” high quality fruit. The Pinot grapes from the Double L displayed full phenolic ripeness, with good sugar and acid balance.
The grapes were hand picked and sorted in the vineyard, then were sorted a second time at the winery before being destemmed. Whole berry fermentation started with native yeasts in small, open top tanks. Supple texture and soft tannins are the result of daily manual punch downs. After fermentation, the wine was transferred into a combination of 50% new oak, along with one and two year-old barrels.
Morgan’s 2013 Double L Pinot Noir presents aromas of coffee cake, black cherry, and forest floor with hints of leather and cedar. Flavors of blackberry pie, dates, and plum are backed by a deft touch of toasty oak and structuring tannins. An exquisite match for duck confit, lamb shank, and prime rib.