2014 G17 Syrah
Our G17 release is primarily Syrah, with the addend interest of small amounts of Tempranillo and Grenache. “G17” is one of Monterey County's best known highways, linking several of our grape growing appellations.
Morgan G17 is a blend of 86% Syrah, 7% Tempranillo and 7% Grenache from northern and central Monterey County. Here, the fog burns off early allowing ample sunshine to warm temperatures to the mid 80’s during the summer and fall. The rising warm air draws the cool winds from Monterey Bay in the late afternoon. By night time, temperatures cool to the low 50’s.
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 wine was fermented in open top tanks and received manual punch-downs. This enabled good extraction and structure development with pleasant tannins. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels. The 22% new oak gives the wine subtle spice and vanilla characters without over powering the elegant fruit profile.
This Rhone-style blend has a rich ruby red color, highlighted with purple edges. Wild cherry, sandalwood, truffles and mushrooms aromas jump out of the glass. The wine is medium-bodied with soft tannins; it offers a mouthful of bramble and earth flavors. Its weight and balance make it a perfect pairing with anything off the grill.
A History of Acclaim
2014 vintage: 90 Points - California Grapevine, Connoisseurs' Guide
2013 vintage: 90 Points - Robert Parker