2014 Double L Vineyard Chardonnay
The Double L Vineyard is well situated to produce Chardonnay of the highest caliber. Located near the northern tip of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, the vineyard receives brisk afternoon breezes from nearby Monterey Bay. North-south vineyard row orientation allows for optimum sun exposure on the Highlands’ east - facing terraces. Wind and sun combine for a long growing season, resulting in vibrant fruit flavors with balanced acidity. The vineyard was certified organic in 2002, although it 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 picked when the flavor and acid balance was optimal. Hand sorted grapes were gently pressed as whole clusters to yield the highest quality juice. The juice was fermented in French oak - 26% new and a combination of one & two year old barrels. Complete malo-lactic fermentation and lees stirring was conducted to obtain the trademark “Morgan Balance”: creaminess with bright tropical fruit and minerality.
Apricot, almond skin, butter, and wet stone aromas are backed by sweet spice of lightly toasted oak. Pineapple, pear and lime flavors are complemented by a touch of creaminess and elegant, bright acidity. One of the finest food wines, the Double L Chardonnay will pair wonderfully with seafood and poultry dishes, as well as a buttery steak.
A History of Acclaim
2014 vintage: 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2013 vintage: 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2012 vintage: 93 Points - The Tasting Panel
2011 vintage: 92 Points - The Wine Advocate
2010 vintage: 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2009 vintage: 91 Points - International Wine Review
2008 vintage: 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2007 vintage: 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2006 vintage: 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2005 vintage: Five Stars - Restaurant Wine
2004 vintage: 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2003 vintage: 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2002 vintage: 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2001 vintage: 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast