2017 Double L Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir demands the most from winegrower and winemaker. Morgan’s Double L Vineyard and winemaking team have, for years, set the standard for world-class 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 and only vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands to achieve both organic and sustainable certifications.
The grapes were hand picked and sorted in the vineyard, then sorted a second time at the winery before being destemmed. Whole berry fermentation started with native and cultured yeasts. Supple texture and soft tannins are the result of daily manual punch downs. After fermentation, the wine was transferred into a combination of 40% new oak for 10 months of aging.
Morgan’s 2017 Double L Pinot Noir presents aromas of strawberry preserves, cinnamon, peppercorn, and a hint of herbs. The wine is rich yet energetic; the aromas on the palate are supported by flavors of tart cherry and savory spices. An exquisite match for duck confit, lamb shank, and prime rib.
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"Aromas of crushed rosebuds and carnations mix with intense raspberry and a touch of eucalyptus on the nose of this single-vineyard expression that's made from organic grapes. It's fresh and lively on the palate, with a pristine raspberry flavors that's enhanced by touches of wild thyme and sage." - Matt Kettmann, February 2020
"Warm, rich cherry nose; silky-texture with fresh, ripe cherry and a bright, juicy style; generous, angy and long." - Anthony Dias Blue, May 2019
"Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Lovely aromas of black cherry, blueberry and spice cabinet. The wine gains intensity over time in the glass, displaying highly flavorful boysenberry and black raspberry fruits. Seamless in texture with deft oak management and integrated tannins, finishing with open arms. I liked this wine more when sampled from a bottle that had been opened for several hours." - Rusty Gaffney, July 2019
"Pure and focused, featuring well-structured red currant, raspberry and plum flavors. Crisp midpalate, with a velvety finish that is vibrant and filled slate and crushed stone notes." - Kim Marcus, August 2019
"Brilliant red. A wildly complex bouquet evokes ripe red berries, cherry-cola, pungent cannabis, potpourri and oak spices. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense, Chambord, cherry-vanilla, spicecake and succulent herb flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift on a long, smooth finish that's framed by velvety, even tannins. There's 40% new French oak here." - Josh Raynolds, November 2019