2017 Twelve Clones Pinot Noir
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 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.
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Snappy raspberry and sweet hibiscus aromas are layered with dewy herbs on the fresh nose of this bottling. The palate is both high toned and fruity, with fresh flavors of raspberry, dried rose petal and Earl Grey tea riding on zippy acidity.
- Matt Kettman, October 2019
Bright peach nose; smooth-textured, fresh and juicy with tangy cherries and bright acidity; totally delicious, long and balanced. - Anthony Dias Blue, September 2019
"Lithe, with juicy richness to the raspberry, dried cherry and red currant flavors. Offers crunchy minerality midpalate, with a finely textured, minerally finish. Drink now through 2024." - KM, August 2019
"Light bright red. Lively, smoke-accented red berry, candied rose, vanilla and allspice scents display very good clarity and lift. Sweet and energetic in style, offering spice-tinged raspberry, cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors that spread out slowly on the back half. Closes supple and sweet, with building spiciness and fine-grained tannins that add shape and subtle grip. 40% new French oak." - Josh Raynolds, November 2019