VOLUME 10, ISSUE 25
February 5, 2016
Daniel Morgan Lee is a University of California at Davis graduate who me his wife, Donna, at a meeting of the Monterey County Winegrowers Association. She encouraged him to open his own winery and together as husband and wife launched Morgan in their spare time in 1982. Lee was the winemaker at Durney at the time. In 1984 they moved into their own winery in Salinas and the first Pinot Noir was released in 1988.
The estate Double L Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands consists of 48.5 acres of different clonal selections of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Riesling. Neighbors are Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Rosella's Vineyard and Garys' Vineyard. The entry-level Pinot Noir is the Twelve Clones appellation blend. Single vineyard Pinot Noirs include Double L Vineyard, Double L Vineyard Hat Trick (three best barrels from this vineyard), Rosella's Vineyard, Garys' Vineyard and Tondre Grapefield.
Tasting room in Crossroads Shopping Center off Hwy 1 and Rio Road in Carmel. Open daily. The wines are available online.
Articles About Morgan Winery
2015 California Pinot Noir Value Priced Second Team All-Americans (10.23 12/27/2015)
Garys’ Vineyard 2004 Horizontal Tasting (7.21 7/9/2009)
Recent Sips of California Pinot Noir (10.10 5/11/2015)
Rosella's, Garys & Pisoni Comparative Tasting (9.6 4/18/2012)
Small Sips of More California Pinot (7.17 5/7/2009)
2013 Morgan Twelve Clones Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.51, TA 0.59, 12,713 cases, $34. Primarily from the estate Double L Vineyard with the balance from some of the best neighboring Santa Lucia Highlands properties. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 44% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Inviting aromas of earth-dusted black cherry and spice. Very soft in the mouth, with vivid flavors of black raspberry, black cherry, black tea, anise and spice. Nicely composed with suave tannins and some length and grip on the satisfying finish. Score: 90. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 Morgan Double L Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.4% alc.m pH 3.51, TA 0.59, 1,211 cases, $58. 100% from estate certified organic grapes. A selection of best barrels go into this limited release. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely scent of black cherry with a compliment of oak. Delicious mid weight core of dark red fruits framed by firm but balanced tannins. Very comforting, with a smooth, caressing mouthfeel, and a finish that is uncommonly long and intense and fueled by a refreshing cut of acidity. Score: 93. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 Morgan Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., pH 3.39, TA 0.62, 118 cases, $58. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. A smaller release in this vintage as replanting of the vineyard is ongoing. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose draws you into the glass with the scent of a darker fruit basket. Soft and polished on the palate, with impressive length and intensity. Black cherry is the featured fruit with a slight note of spice, oak and citrus in the background. A noticeable acid underbelly provides vibrancy and lift to the intense finish. More acid-driven than usual for Garys’ Vineyard. Score: 92. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »
2006 Morgan Hat Trick Double L Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., $45. · Fresh and breezy aromas of plums, grapes and flowers. Darker fruited and medium-weighted with a hint of raisin and a touch of citrus and oak on the finish. Nicely balanced but the fruit doesn’t have much life in the mouth. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »
2004 Morgan Garys‘ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.2% alc.. · Flamboyant aromas of ripe and exotic berries which faded slowly in the glass. Ripe cherry flavored with a taste of root beer and some citrus on the back end. The tannins have completely faded. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »
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