2016 Double L Pinot Noir (115)
By far the most widely planted clone of Pinot Noir, 115 has been the most important clone in the past decade of California vineyard development. Clone 115 works great on its own, and serves as the spine to our entire Pinot Noir program. It may be the most interesting of the Dijon clones, heralded for its very deep color and velvety tannins.
The Double L Vineyard’s location in the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA affords Morgan the chance to grow the finest cool climate wine grapes. Planted on northeast 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 is the first in the Santa Lucia Highlands to achieve both organic and sustainable certifications.
The spring and summer 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 this wine was harvested on September 24th, 2016.
The grapes were completely destemmed after hand sorting. Native yeasts began the whole berry fermentation in open top tanks. Manual punch downs provided supple texture and soft tannins. The wine was transferred to a combination of medium and medium-plus toast Burgundy barrels, 50% new, for malo-lactic fermentation and 10 months of aging.
This wine shows seductive aromas of black cherry cola, sassafras, and espresso bean. Rich and smooth on the palate, it’s backed with intense flavors of black cherry and raspberry jam.
A History of Acclaim
"Very enjoyable aromas of blackberry jam, spice and toast. Plenty of extroverted sap in a mid weight plus style offering blackberry, ollaliberry and black cherry flavors and a tug of oak that blends in over time in the glass. A strong but suave tannic backbone and satin texture add to the enjoyment. A bit more extraction and finishing length than the regular Double L Vineyard bottling."
93 Points - PinotFile, April 2018