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Morgan Winery Highland Chardonnay 2018

America, California Wine
92 WE
92 TA
91 VI
Morgan Winery Highland Chardonnay

Elegant Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands
Winery Morgan Winery
Vintage 2018
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥4,840  (incl. tax)

Elegant Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands
Winery Morgan Winery
Vintage 2018
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Production

Viticulture

Grapes from Double L, Tondre, Leavens, and McIntyre

With each vintage of Highland Chardonnay, the unique attributes of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA are showcased. The 2018 cuvée includes 59% fruit from our Double L estate, the balance from outstanding neighbors in the SLH, including McIntyre and Tondre. The Double L Vineyard has been certified organic since 2002, but has been conscientiously farmed in this method since the original plantings in 1997.

Vinification

The grapes were hand picked and sorted in the vineyard. Whole cluster pressing preserved the fruit flavors and natural acidity. We barrel fermented the wine in 26% new French oak along with a combination of one and two year old and neutral barrels. Partial malo-lactic fermentation ensured the wine has a creamy richness, balanced by bright fruit acidity.

Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

This focused, elegant Chardonnay’s aromas feature lemon custard, nilla wafer, and sea spray. On the palate, aromas are complemented by a light touch of crème brûlée, graham cracker, and salted butter toffee.

Pairing

Incredibly food-friendly, the 2018 Highland Chardonnay is a perfect match for cream-sauced pastas, roast chicken and pork, and seafood.

Press
92Wine Enthusiast
92The Tasting Panel
91Vinous
Winery

Winery Description

Visionary Winemaker of Santa Lucia Highlands

With more than thirty years’ experience, Dan Lee and the Morgan label have been synonymous with artisan, vineyard-centric wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Monterey.

Coming from a small town in California’s Central Valley, Dan Morgan Lee had prepared initially for the study of veterinary medicine at the University of California, Davis.  It was late in his college career that he discovered enology satisfied his interest in both science and agriculture. Immediately enrolling in the graduate enology program, Dan completed his studies and was hired as winemaker at Jekel Winery in Monterey County.

After serving his apprenticeship at Jekel, Dan moved up the road to Durney Vineyard where he continued to make Monterey wines. While making wine full-time for Durney, Dan aspired to craft his own label.  It was at a meeting of the Monterey County Winegrowers Association that he shared his vision with a banker. In addition to becoming his business advisor, that banker would also become Dan's wife.

Dan & Donna Lee: Morgan Winery's Proprietors
In 1982, Dan and Donna Lee opened the doors of Morgan Winery. Their very first Monterey Chardonnay earned a Gold Medal at the LA County Fair and a Platinum Medal from Wine & Spirits Magazine. Since then, Morgan has become one of the Central Coast’s most recognized labels, earning “Winery of the Year” honors from Wine & Spirits in 1996 and from the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003.

Able to pick and choose fruit sources from around the state, Dan eventually turned more of his attention to the Santa Lucia Highlands and single vineyard releases.  Dan and Donna invested in their belief in the Highlands with the purchase of the Double L Vineyard in 1996. Today the Double L is one of the best-known vineyards in California. Dan’s leadership and expertise in the district led to his being named the first Board President of the newly formed Santa Lucia Highlands’ winegrowers association in 2005.

Dan and Donna Lee reside in Salinas. Twin daughters Annie and Jackie (the inspiration for the “Double Luck” vineyard moniker) are in college; son Josh is in high school.

Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.8%
Product Code MO181422
UPC 715897009233