2017 Double L Syrah
Syrah, originally from the Northern Rhône Valley in France, is one of the world's most widely planted wine grapes. Whether in Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie, or Santa Lucia Highlands, Syrah from cool climates display equal parts intensity and elegance.
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 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 was certified organic in 2002, though it has been conscientiously farmed in this method since the original plantings in 1997.
Syrah is the last varietal to be harvested each year on the Double L. The grapes are hand-picked and sorted for optimal flavor and acidity. After destemming, the must is fermented to dryness in small open-top tanks. Ten months of aging in 30% new French oak barrels adds polish and elegance.
This wine shows inky purple hues in the glass. Attractive aromas of blackberries, wild plum, and leather are supported by white pepper and crushed violets. The flavors of purple fruits and savory spices go perfectly with the bright acidity and a silky texture to display classic cool-climate Syrah character.
A History of Acclaim
- 94 Points - Anthony Dias Blue
- 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast, February 2020
- 90 Points - California Grapevine, November 2019
- 93 Points - Vinous
- 92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
- 91 Points - JamesSuckling.com
- 91 Points - Connoisseurs’ Guide
- 90 Points - Wine Spectator
2015 vintage: 91 Points - Robert Parker
2014 vintage: 92 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide, Vinous
2013 vintage: 91 Points - Vinous
2012 vintage: 91 Points - Vinous