Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2017 Red Wine
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Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2017
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
Morgan winery is one of our personal favorites from the Santa Lucia Highlands area. They have a great reputation for producing some of the region's best Pinots. Their 12 Clones Pinot Noir is a VERY popular wine, and deservedly so! The 2017 vintage expresses red fruit up front, followed by nutmeg and cinnamon spices and the earthiness of rain on fallen leaves. Lots of complex flavors – definitely NOT a one-dimensional wine!
93 pts. Wine Enthusiast: "Snappy raspberry and sweet hibiscus aromas are layered with dewy herbs on the fresh nose of this bottling. The palate is both high toned and fruity, with fresh flavors of raspberry, dried rose petal and Earl Grey tea riding on zippy acidity." (MK)
91 pts. Wine Spectator, 91 pts. Vinous
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 2017 vintage, accounted for 47% of the final blend. The “Twelve Clones” designation denotes the original, diverse Pinot plantings at the Double L. Cloudy mornings, mid-day sunshine and strong winds, and evening fog create a cool Region I type climate. The long growing season allows for gentle ripening, creating intense flavors with balanced acidity.
The 2017 vintage commenced with a refreshingly wet winter with rainfall totals 40% above average, flushing vineyard soils of built up salts, and promoting healthy root and cover crop growth in the early season. Temperatures were average through August, though September saw three heat waves, resulting in wines with a rich fruit core, underlaid by an elegance from the early and mid-season cool temperatures.
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 started using native and cultured yeasts in small, open top tanks. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to 40% new French oak, for nine months of aging.
The 2017 Twelve Clones demonstrates the power and finesse of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It displays aromas of black cherry, cola, and graham cracker. Flavors of raspberry are complemented by notes of jolly rancher and toasted caramel. Perfectly poised with fresh acidity, this wine is incredibly food-friendly. It’s a wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef or lamb preparation.
Vineyards: Double L, Rosella’s, Boekenoogen, KW, Tondré
Soils: Arroyo Seco and Chualar loams (granitic)
Clones: over 12 unique clones
Acid 6.3 g/l
Aging - 10 months aging in french oak; 40% new