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2021 Double L Syrah

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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 hand picked and sorted in the vineyard, then sorted a second time at the winery. Native and cultured yeasts began the fermentation in open top tanks with 17% whole clusters. After fermentation, the wine was transferred into 25% new French oak for ten months of aging.

This wine shows inky purple hues in the glass. Attractive aromas of blackberries, crushed violets, graphite, and dark chocolate are supported by flavors of black fruit and savory herbs. The rich fruit is balanced by bright acidity and elegant tannins – displaying classic cool-climate syrah character.

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Wine Specs

Santa Lucia Highlands
6.0 g/l
10 months aging in French oak; 25% new
Alcohol %
296 Cases

94 Points
"The single-varietal 2021 Double L Vineyard Syrah is deep garnet-purple in color. It needs a lot of swirling to bring out fragrant scents of black cherries, juicy plums, and boysenberries leading to touches of star anise, tar, and black olives with a black pepper undercurrent. The medium to full-bodied palate is taut with muscular black fruits and peppery accents, framed by ripe, rounded tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long and savory."
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, February 2024

94 Points
"This Double L Vineyard Syrah is an undersung part of the Morgan lineup in my book, and 2021’s acid profile is more than making my point here.  No need for a ton of oak here — the fruit is super fresh, and the wine is light on its feet while still pulsing with black fruit energy.  You will love this with lamb or a richly sauced pork roast.  Bravo!"
- Rich Cook, June 2023   

93 Points - Cellar Selection
"Syrah from the Santa Lucia Highlands makes for one of the most reliable additions to any cellar, and this bottling is a prime example. Aromas of blueberry, açaí and purple flowers make for a straightforward nose while the palate picks ups savory tones of soy, cured meat and black pepper to pair with the boysenberry core. Drink now–2039." 
- Matt Kettmann, Aug/Sep 2023

93 Points
"The 2021 Syrah Double L Vineyard offers scents of blackberry, gravel, dried flowers and turned earth. Savory and spice notes dominate, while fruit is pushed into the background. In this tasting, the 2021 comes across as a bit compact. Time in the glass brings out bright acids and redder tonalities of fruit. Perhaps the 2021 will fill out a bit more with modest cellaring." - Antonio Galloni, October 2023

93 Points
"The 2021 Double L Vineyard Syrah spends 10 months in 25% new French oak barrels, with the rest being neutral, and displays a semi-translucent medium ruby core with a bright neon pink rim. Bountiful aromas and flavors of blue and black plum, crushed black olives, pencil shavings, and cedar herbs abound. Silky tannins combine with balanced and rounded tannins while finishing meaty and peppery on the mid-palate." - Jeremy Young, April 2023

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