2019 Double L Pinot Noir (Clone LT)
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.
Clone LT refers to one of the most celebrated Pinot Noir vineyards in Burgundy. We grafted a small block of this elegant suitcase clone at the top of Double L Vineyard.
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 Burgundy barrels, 35% new, for malo-lactic fermentation and ten months of aging. This wine shows seductive aromas of fresh raspberries and blueberries, joined by potpouri. Rich and smooth on the palate, intense flavors of jolly rancher and forest floor are complemented by elegant chalky tannins.
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"Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Stellar aromas of black cherry, purple grape and dried herbs. A saturating impact of black cherry and blackberry fruits greet the palate and persist through a very long finish. Excellent harmony with juicy acidity and balanced tannins. The wine seems to glide on the mid-palate. Very satisfying and forward drinking." Rusty Gaffney, Oct 2021