2016 Boekenoogen Pinot Noir
Whether drawing upon our own vineyards or working with exceptional neighboring properties, our winemaking team has a long track record of crafting world-class Pinot Noir.
With its Dijon clones, well-drained mountainside soils, and exposure to Monterey Bay's cold winds and fog, Boekenooken Vineyard is a true S.L.H. gem. Beginning in 1997, John Boekenoogen transformed his family's historic ranch high in the Santa Lucias into one of the region's best known estates. John's son Garrett oversees grape growing operations and supplied Morgan with a small amount of exceptional fruit from the 2016 vintage.
The spring and summer of 2016 were mild with no extreme cold or hot periods, but mildew control was a challenge. Happily, no rain in the fall resulted in clean fruit, and harvest was on September 10th.
The grapes were completely destemmed after hand sorting. Manual punch downs produced a wine with supple texture and soft tannins. The wine was transferred to 50% new French oak barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and 10 months of aging.
The nose is a beautiful combination of cherry cola and raspberry, highlighted by sweet tobacco. Strawberry and sassafras seamlessly transition from nose to palate. Balanced acidity and medium-weight tannins make this wine extremely food-friendly; perfect pairings would include duck confit, grilled salmon, roast lamb, or a mushroom risotto.
A History of Acclaim
"Enchanting aromas of black cherry, baking spices, sandalwood and smoked beef. Mid weight plus flavors of juicy blueberry and boysenberry with subtle oak enhancement. A very giving wine offering considerable pleasure. Nicely composed with modest tannins, a lush mouthfeel that falls short of jammy, and a purple berry finish that really hangs on."
93 Points - PinotFile, April 2018