2014 Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir
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 top flight 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 vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands to achieve both organic and sustainable certifications.
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 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 36% new oak, along with one and two year-old barrels.
Morgan’s 2014 Double L Pinot Noir presents aromas of earth, black berry, and green plum with hints of river rock minerality. Flavors of cherry cola, cedar, and currant are backed by a touch of herbs and structuring tannins. An exquisite match for duck confit, lamb shank, and prime rib.
A History of Acclaim
2014 vintage: 93 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide, Wine Enthusiast
2013 vintage: 93 Points - PinotFile & The Tasting Panel
2012 vintage: 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2011 vintage: 94 Points - Pinot Report
2010 vintage: 95 Points - Pinot Report
2010 vintage: 91 Points -Wine Enthusiast
2009 vintage: 94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2008 vintage: 89 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide
2007 vintage: 95 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide
2006 vintage: 94 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide
2005 vintage: 94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2004 vintage: 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2003 vintage: 94 Wine Enthusiast
2002 vintage: 92 Wine Enthusiast
2001 vintage: 93 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide
2000 vintage: 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast