2011 Morgan Pinot Noir Double L Vineyard

Year: 2011
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
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"This wine's youth shows in the fresh, bright vitality of its red cherry fruit, and its supporting notes of strawberries adds to its inviting nature of its attractive aromas. On the medium-full side in balance, and convincingly filled with fairly deep and easy to like youthfully exuberant fruit, the wine has already found the beginnings of a supple texture and is sure to pick up plenty of Pinot Noir's velvety side over time if its current charms can be resisted for now. Reviewed: June 2013" (CG)

Winery Notes
Our 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 world-class 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 SLH vineyard to be achieve both organic and sustainable certifications.

The 2011 growing season was one of the coldest and wettest on record in the Highlands. Above average rainfall through the spring and fall pushed back normal harvest dates. The resulting smaller crop size allowed for full ripening prior to pick dates in late October.

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.

Morgan’s 2011 Double L Pinot Noir presents aromas of pomegranate, pepper spice and smoky oak with hints of leather and cedar. Flavors of black cherry and strawberry are backed by a deft touch of toasty oak and structuring tannins. An exquisite match for duck confit, lamb shank, and prime rib.