2021 Twelve Clones Pinot Noir
The Twelve Clones Pinot Noir is drawn from the finest vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, including Morgan’s organic Double L estate which, in the 2021 vintage, accounted for 61% of the final blend.
The grapes were hand sorted in the vineyard and again at the winery before being completely destemmed. Whole berry fermentation started using native and cultured yeasts in small, open top tanks. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to 32% new French oak for nine months of aging.
The 2021 Twelve Clones demonstrates the finesse typical of pinot noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Aromas of raspberry hard candy, bay laurel, and bergamot tea are complemented by flavors of red fruits, potpourri, and a hint of sweet and savory spices. Perfectly poised, this medium plus bodied wine is supported by elegant tannins. A wonderful accompaniment to roasted chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef, or lamb preparation.
“Light in the glass, this clonal blends pops on the nose with crisp raspberry and cranberry as hints of crushed slate and red rose petal add complexity. The landing on the palate is clean and bright, showing joyously ripe berry flavors but also elegant floral tones deep into the finish.” - Matt Kettmann, June 2023
“The 2021 Twelve Clones Pinot Noir from Morgan is made from 12 unique clones of Pinot and is aged for 9 months in 32% new French oak. Earthy and dusty on the nose, it brings notes of blue raspberry, black tea, powdered graphite, dried flower petals, and sweet spice. Gobs of blueberry fruit and bitter herb are on the finish, alongside the bountiful acidity and rounded sweet tannins.” - Jeremy Young, April 2023
“Morgan’s Twelve Clones Pinot Noir is always a solid value leader, and typically made to be ready to go right out of the gate. In keeping with the emerging theme of 2021 on the Central Coast, this pulses with energy and tension. Forward red fruit and bright oak toast aromas follow through on the palate, with a silky midpalate and a crisp finish with nice push.” - Rich Cook, May 2023