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2017 Twelve Clones Pinot Noir

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SKU: 17PN7

The “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir is drawn from the finest vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, including Morgan’s organic “Double L” estate - which, in the 2017 vintage, accounted for 47% of the final blend. The “Twelve Clones” designation denotes the original, diverse Pinot plantings at the Double L. Cloudy mornings, mid-day sunshine and strong winds, and evening fog create a cool Region I type climate. The long growing season allows for gentle ripening, creating intense flavors with balanced acidity.

The 2017 vintage commenced with a refreshingly wet winter with rainfall totals 40% above average, flushing vineyard soils of built up salts, and promoting healthy root and cover crop growth in the early season. Temperatures were average through August, though September saw three heat waves, resulting in wines with a rich fruit core, underlaid by an elegance from the early and mid-season cool temperatures.  

The 2017 Twelve Clones demonstrates the power and finesse of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It displays aromas of black cherry, cola, and graham cracker. Flavors of raspberry are complemented by notes of jolly rancher and toasted caramel. Perfectly poised with fresh acidity, this wine is incredibly food-friendly. It’s a wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef or lamb preparation.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Acid
6.3 g/l
pH
3.44
Aging
10 months aging in french oak; 40% new
Alcohol %
14.2

A History of Acclaim

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2016 vintage:

2015 vintage:

2014 vintage: 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2013 vintage: 90 Points - PinotFile, California Grapevine, and Vinous
2012 vintage: 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2011 vintage: 92 Points - Pinot Report
2010 vintage: 92 Points - Top 100 - Wine Spectator
2009 vintage: 90 Points - Wine Spectator
2008 vintage: Top 25 Most Popular Pinot Noirs - Wine & Spirits Restaurant