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2018 Twelve Clones Pinot Noir

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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 2018 vintage, accounted for 62% 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 2018 Twelve Clones demonstrates the finesse of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It displays aromas of blackberry, cola, and cured meat. Flavors of red and black fruit are complemented by notes of black plum and toasty oak. Perfectly poised, this medium bodied wine is light on its feet and a great reflection of 2018’s elegance. A wonderful accompaniment to roasted chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef or lamb preparation.

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Wine Specs

Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands
6.0 g/l
9 months aging in french oak; 35% new
Alcohol %

92 Points
“Enticing aromas of earthkissed black cherry and spice. Plentiful ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors in a mid-weight plus, exuberant, fruit-driven style with a good supportive acid vibe. A underlying earthiness adds interest.”
- Rusty Gaftney, November 2020

92 Points
"Coming from a mix of clones, the light ruby-hued 2018 Pinot Noir Twelve Clones gives up a pretty nose of framboise and strawberries as well as lots of floral, rose petal, sappy herb, and minty aromas and flavors. It's another lightly textured, medium-bodied, elegant wine from this estate to enjoy over the coming 4-6 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck, January 2021

92 Points
"Layers of baked berry, pie crust and star anise show on the nose of this clonal combination. It’s clean and direct on the palate, offering tart red-currant and cranberry fla­vors, touched up by thyme, lavender and potpourri elements.” 
- Matt Kettmann, February/March 2021

92 Points
“Pale ruby color, fresh cherry nose, crisp and bright with cherry, strawberry and rhubarb notes; silky and fresh, charming and long.” - Anthony Dias Blue, October 2020

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