2018 Boekenoogen Pinot Noir
Whether drawing upon our own vineyards or working with exceptional neighboring properties, our winemaking team has a long track record of crafting world-class Pinot Noir.
With its Dijon clones, well-drained mountainside soils, and exposure to Monterey Bay's cold winds and fog, Boekenoogen Vineyard is a true S.L.H. gem. Beginning in 1997, John Boekenoogen transformed his family's historic ranch high in the Santa Lucias into one of the region's best known estates. John's son Garrett oversees grape growing operations and supplied Morgan with a small amount of exceptional fruit for the 2018 vintage.
The grapes were completely destemmed after hand sorting. Native yeasts began the whole berry fermentation in open top tanks. 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, 40% new, for malo-lactic fermentation and 11 months of aging.
On the nose, raspberry hard candy and cola are highlighted by subtle rose petal. Red and black fruit seamlessly transition from nose to palate, supported by medium body and weightless tannins. A very food-friendly wine, perfect pairings would include duck confit, roast lamb, or a mushroom risotto.
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"Deep, bright-hued magenta. Expressive aromas of fresh red and blue fruits, candied flowers, incense and Asian spices; cola and vanilla notes build in the glass. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering intense Chambord, cherry cola, boysenberry and rose pastille flavors that show fine definition and spicy lift. In a bright, exuberant style, with polished tannins sneaking in slowly to add shape to an impressively long, focused finish. No stems and 40% new oak."
- Josh Raynolds, October 2020
"Medium ruby color and a sweet cherry nose; succulent yet crisp and invigorating, with bright acidity, lovely style, and good length." - Anthony Dias Blue, June 2020
"The 2018 Pinot Noir Boekenoogen Vineyard has a darker, slightly earthier style, with lots of Bing cherry, redcurrants, sous bois, and earth. Medium-bodied and nicely textured, with ripe tannins and notable purity, it's a terrific, almost Burgundian styled release. It too will keep for 4-6 years, if not longer." - Jeb Dunnuck, January 2021