2019 Double L Pinot Noir (Clone 114)
Located in the well-drained foothills above the Salinas Valley, the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation is California’s most distinctive region for growing terroir-driven wines. Strong afternoon winds and coastal fog originating from nearby Monterey Bay flow through the AVA, resulting in one of the longest growing seasons in North America.
Conscientiously farmed since the original plantings in 1997, today Morgan’s Double L Estate Vineyard is the only certified organic vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Located at the northern end of the AVA, the vineyard’s unique north-south row orientation provides optimal wind and sun exposure.
The grapes were hand picked and sorted in the vineyard, then sorted a second time at the winery before destemming. Whole berry fermentation started with native and cultured yeasts. After fermentation, the wine was transferred into 50% new French oak for ten months of aging.
Morgan’s 2019 Double L Pinot Noir Clone 114 is rich yet energetic. Aromas of strawberry hard candy, rose water, and mocha are supported on the palate by flavors of red and black fruits, with a hint of espresso bean. This wine features a medium body framed by medium plus acidity and weightless tannins – an exquisite match for duck confit, lamb shank, or prime rib.
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"Morgan consistently delivers high-quality Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands and this Double L Vineyard wine is no exception. Notes of black raspberry, black cherry, roasted cashew butter, ground espresso powder and cinnamon stick form the nose. This wine is aged for 10 months in 50% new French oak barrels which creates some of the toastiness you see on the palate. Flavors of huckleberry, rose petals and toasted baking spices frame medium-plus acidity, medium body and silky tannins. Only 97 cases produced" - Jeremy Young, August 2021
"A single 114 clone Pinot Noir is a rarity. Organic clone 114 grapes. Aromas of blueberry, black cherry, clay, spice and a floral imprint. Mid-weight plus in concentration, with generous amounts of earth-toned blueberry, boysenberry and pomegranate fruit flavors framed by a noticeable but not imposing tannic spine. Picks up appeal over time in the glass and although not too complicated, it drew me in with its irresistible core of fruit flavors." - Rusty Gaffney, October 2021