Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2016 Red Wine
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Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2016
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
93 Pts. - Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Pinot Noir Twelve Clones (aged ten months in 38% new French oak) offers ample black cherry, violet, and scorched earth aromatics, hints of background oak, medium body, and a beautiful fruit forward, balanced, layered style on the palate. It’s a winner."
92 Pts. - James Suckling: "Aromas of strawberries, tar and light earth follow through to a medium body with fine and light tannins. A floral, watermelon and citrus aftertaste. A pleasing purity of fruit to this. Drink now."
91 Pts. - Vinous: "Brilliant red. Spice-accented raspberry and cherry accents along with hints of woodsmoke cola and Asian spices. Silky and energetic on the palate offering appealingly sweet red berry and floral pastille flavors that deepen slowly as the wine opens up. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to an impressively long mineral- and spice-laced finish that shows excellent clarity and repeating florality."
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!
NOTES FROM THE WINERY:
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.
The spring and summer were mild with no extreme cold or hot periods, but mildew control was a challenge. Happily, no rain in the fall resulted in clean fruit, and harvest started on August 30th, 2016.
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. This special wine demonstrates the power and finesse of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It displays aromas of dark cherry, saddlewood, and sweet herbs. Flavors of wild cherry are complemented by notes of toasted oak and raspberry. Perfectly poised with fresh acidity, this wine is incredibly food-versatile. It is a wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef or lamb preparation.
Appellation: santa lucia highlands
Vineyards: double l, rosella’s, boekenoogen, kw, tondré
Soils: arroyo seco gravelly loam, chualar loam
Clones: over 12 unique clones
Climate: very cool, region i (ucd)
Acidity: 6.10 g/l
Cooperage: 10 months aging in french oak; 38% new