2021 Double L Chardonnay
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 north-south row orientation provides optimal wind and sun exposure.
The grapes were picked when the flavor and acid balance was optimal, then hand-sorted and gently pressed to yield the highest quality juice. The juice was fermented in 35% new French oak. Full malolactic and lees stirring were conducted to obtain a medium plus body, balanced by fresh acidity.
Notes of lemon blossom, caramel, and baking spices are echoed on the palate by lemon curd, salted toffee, and toasted coconut. One of the finest food wines, the Double L Chardonnay will pair wonderfully with seafood and poultry dishes, as well as a buttery steak.
“Yet another 2021 Central Coast region wine that drips with quality and deliciousness. The proceeding begin with floral aromas over layers of apple and moderate oak toast. A bright palate entry continues with big energy and great translation of the nose elements, good length and age worthy structure. Well done!” - Rich Cook, June 2023
"The 2021 Chardonnay Double L Vineyard is bright and nicely focused. Savory and earthy notes give this textured, expressive Chardonnay tons of character. Readers will find a wine of subtlety more than of overt power. Give this a bit of time in the glass to open. It’s a very attractive wine that stands out from the more overt Chardonnays found elsewhere in the region." - Antonio Galloni, October 2023
“The Double L Chardonnay rests for 9 months in 35% new French oak barrels and gifts notes of lemon curd, fresh pineapple, sweet cinnamon spice, caramel, and sea salt breeze. More fruitforward on the palate than the nose, it finishes with lemony acidity, a yellow pear accent, and a medium body.” - Jeremy Young, April 2023
“Blanched almond, lemon zest and warm buttercream aromas invite the nose into this bottling. The palate is pithy in texture and flavor, as flavors of lemon glaze and nectarine meet with almond and ripe pear.” - Matt Kettmann, June 2023
“Shows powerful, tangy citrus and peach flavors, with generous lemony accents and a touch of freshcut apple, plus orange blossom and fresh tangerine flavors that linger on the juicy finish.” - MaryAnn Worobiec, 2023