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Morgan Winery Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2016

America, California Wine
91 VI
92 JS
93 JD
Morgan Winery Twelve Clones Pinot Noir

A blend of over Twelve Pinot Noir clones from Monterey's cool-climate Santa Lucia Highlands.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands
Winery Morgan Winery
Vintage 2016
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥6,270  (incl. tax)

A blend of over Twelve Pinot Noir clones from Monterey's cool-climate Santa Lucia Highlands.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands
Winery Morgan Winery
Vintage 2016
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Production

Viticulture

Double L, Rosella’s, Boekenoogen, KW, Tondré
The “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir is drawn from the finest vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, including Morgan’s own organically farmed “Double L” estate - which, in the 2016 vintage, accounted for 29% of the final blend. The “Twelve Clones” designation denotes the original, diverse Pinot plantings at the Double L. The vines here capture the warm morning sunshine from their elevated, east facing terraces overlooking the Salinas River Valley. Strong afternoon winds and evening fog from the nearby Monterey Bay create a cool Region I type climate. The resulting long growing season allows for gentle ripening, creating intense flavors with balanced acidity.

 

Vinification

The grapes were picked and hand-sorted in the vineyard. Upon arriving at the winery, grapes where sorted a second time before being destemmed. Whole berry fermentation was started using native and cultured yeast in small, open top tanks. Two times each day the cap was gently punched down. After fermentation, the wine was transferred into a combination of 38% new and one and two year-old French cooperage. The wine aged for almost a year before being bottled.

Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Aromas of dark cherry, saddlewood, and sweet herbs. Flavors of wild cherry are complemented by notes of toasted oak and raspberry.

Pairing

A wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef or lamb preparation.

Press
91Vinous
92James Suckling
93Jeb Dunnuck
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
Case Size 12 blts/case
Alcohol 14.0%
Product Code MO161322
UPC 715897009332