2017 Double L Pinot Noir (Pommard 5)
“Pommard 5” is the most widely planted Pinot Noir clone in Oregon. Given a cool climate like Oregon or the Santa Lucia Highlands, it typically displays a dark berry profile with hints of spice, currant, and plum. It ripens fairly late in the season, with high yields if not carefully managed. Handled properly, it makes wines of structure and depth.
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 afternoon temperature, thickening the grape skins and concentrating flavors. The vineyard is the first in the SLH to achieve both organic and sustainable certifications.
The grapes were completely destemmed after hand sorting. Manual punch downs provided supple texture and soft tannins. The wine was transferred to a combination of medium and medium-plus toast French oak barrels, 45% new, for malo-lactic fermentation and 11 months of aging.
This wine shows seductive aromas of raspberry hard candy, eucalyptus, and cedar. The palate shows intense red fruit and smokey spices.