2021 Double L Syrah
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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"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
"Beautiful cherry and spice aromas take the lead in this fine Pinot Noir. My sense is that the vintage allowed for a little bolder use of new oak than usual for this bottling, and though the wood spice tones are forward now, the fruit already shows well on the palate along with some earthy mineral tones. As the oak folds in this will be lovely. Cellar this for two to four years for openers." - Rich Cook, May 2023