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Morgan Winery Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

America, California Wine
95 PF
93 VI
93 WE
92 RP
Morgan Winery Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir

100% organically grown single vineyard Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands
Winery Morgan Winery
Vintage 2015
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥10,120  (incl. tax)

100% organically grown single vineyard Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands
Winery Morgan Winery
Vintage 2015
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Production

Viticulture

The Double L Vineyard’s location in the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is widely regarded as one of the best spots for growing top flight Pinot Noir. Planted on east facing terraces overlooking the Salinas River Valley, the north-south vineyard row orientation provides optimum sun exposure and access to the strong afternoon breezes. The winds moderate the afternoon temperature, thickening the grape skins and concentrating flavors. The vineyard has been Certified Organic since 2002, making it the first vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands to achieve both organic and sustainable certifications.

Vinification

The grapes were hand picked and sorted in the vineyard, then were sorted a second time at the winery before being destemmed. Whole berry fermentation started with native yeasts in small, open top tanks. Supple texture and soft tannins are the result of daily manual punch downs. After fermentation, the wine was transferred into a combination of 50% new oak, along with one and two year-old barrels.

Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Morgan’s 2015 Double L Pinot Noir presents aromas of raspberry, black berry, and nutmeg with a hint of caramel. Flavors of black cherry cola, cedar, and pomegranate are backed by a touch of sweet backing spices and structuring tannins. An exquisite match for duck confit, lamb shank, and prime rib.

Press
95PinotFile
93Vinous
93Wine Enthusiast
92Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Reviews & Ratings

2014 vintage: 93 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide, Wine Enthusiast
2013 vintage: 93 Points - PinotFile & The Tasting Panel
2012 vintage: 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2011 vintage: 94 Points - Pinot Report
2010 vintage: 95 Points - Pinot Report

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 14.2%
Product Code MO151181