2020 Double L Dry Riesling
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. This unique combination of abundant sunshine and truly cool climate creates wine with intense flavors and balanced acidity.
Conscientiously farmed since the original plantings in 1997, today the Double L 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 65-acre property is diversely planted with 20 different clones, chosen specifically to excel in the ultra-cool climate.
Our Riesling grapes were foot stomped and left on the skins for 18 hours, then whole-cluster pressed. Freshness and bright fruit character were preserved by cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation was allowed to finish, achieving this dry style.
In the glass, the 2020 Morgan Riesling displays a graceful, appealing nose of white peach, apricot, mango, and honeysuckle. Traditional Riesling flavors of green apple and kiwi work beautifully with the wine’s opulent aromatics. Bone-dryness and electric acidity make this Riesling a good pairing for oysters, summer time salads, and aged cheese.
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