Morgan Winery

Owner(s) Donna Lee, Daniel Morgan Lee
Web site www.morganwinery.com
 
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Morgan Winery

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.

Reviewed Wines

2015 Morgan Twelve Clones Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14,1% alc., pH 3.49, TA 0.61, $35. An appellation blend of the Santa Lucia Highlands that includes Morgan’s Double L Vineyard (36% of final blend). The “Twelve Clones” designation denotes the original diverse Pinot plantings at the Double L Vineyard. Contains over 12 unique clones of Pinot Noir. Aged 9 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. Engaging aromas of cherry, strawberry and cranberry draw interest. The mid weight flavors echo the aromas in a nicely composed wine with good intensity of flavor, harmonious tannins, juicy acidity and a resolute finish replete with red berry goodness. A terrific value. Score: 90. Reviewed September 24, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Morgan Double L Vineyard Clones 667/115 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.42, TA 0.738, 68 cases, $64. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Those nose is spectacular, offering waves of aromas over time that include fresh raspberry, black cherry and spice. Perfect in every way, with a heavenly core of deep red cherry, strawberry and raspberry fruits. Very giving, soft and satiny in texture, with a finish of uncommon length. Score: 94. Reviewed September 24, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Morgan Double L Vineyard Pommard 5 Clone Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.679, 52 cases, $64. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Hi-tone aromas of Bing cherry, rose petal, fertile earth and underbrush are followed in the mouth by a mid weight plus charge of deeply flavored black cherry and black raspberry fruits. The masculine styled wine keeps getting better over time in the glass. Very polished, with restrained tannins and a very long and generous finish. Score: 93. Reviewed September 24, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Morgan Double L Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.60, 1,335 cases, $64. Vineyard Certified Organic since 2002 making it the first vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands to achieve both organic and sustainable certifications. Clones 777, 667, 115, 114 and Pommard 4. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Very special nose that attracts with aromas of plum, blueberry, blackberry, cardamom spice and floral blossom. A high-collared wine that is flat out terrific, offering mid weight plus flavors of an array of blue and black fruits. Gifted with plenty of extract yet discreet in generosity with the right touch of oak and earthiness. A tenacious finish completes the picture. Score: 95. Reviewed September 24, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Morgan Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.48, TA 0.65, 71 cases, $64. Vineyard planted to “Pisoni clone” of Pinot Noir. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The scent of strawberry, raspberry, earth and tar fill the glass. Explosive attack of black cherry fruit saturates every nook and cranny in the mouth. A very appealing accent of spice adds to the experience. Silky in the mouth with a mouthwatering finish of impressive length. Score: 93. Reviewed September 24, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Morgan Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.43, TA 0.68, 62 cases, $64. “Pisoni clone” and Dijon 777. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. Plenty of interest in this wine that is typical of this vineyard. The perfume of red cherry, violets, green tobacco and baking spices are attractive. Light to mid weight in style, the wine offers a delightful mix of well-spiced red fruits with a notable candied cherry character. Elegant, with a cashmere texture, juicy acidity, and a compliment of tobacco oak in the background. Score: 93. Reviewed September 24, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Morgan Tondre Grapefield Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.43, TA 0.64, 45 cases, $64. Dijon clones 943, 115, “828,” and 777. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Reserved but pleasant aromas of purple grape, blackberry juice, spice and nutty oak. Intensely fruity, with layers of purple and black fruited extract. The most intense fruit attack in the 2015 Morgan lineup. There is enough tannin to corral the fruit and the finish is notable for its generosity. Score: 92. Reviewed September 24, 2017 ARTICLE »

2014 Morgan Twelve Clones Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.57, $34. 57% Double L Vineyard. Aged 8 months in French oak barrels, 37% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. A perfume of black cherry, cedary oak, charcoal and turned earth leads to a light to mid weight styled wine with a core of black cherry and pomegranate fruits. Silky in the mouth, with modest fruit intensity, a hint of smoky oak, bright acidity, and a slight sense of alcoholic warmth on the fruit-filled finish. Score: 89. Reviewed June 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Morgan Double L Vineyard Clone 777 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.58, 45 cases, $60. Made from estate organic grapes. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Inviting aromas of black cherry, cassis and a hint of vanilla. A mid to full bodied charge of black cherry and blackberry fruits saturates the palate. Structured tannins back the lovely fruit, and oak notes of vanilla and toast play in the background. The seamless mouthfeel is very inviting and my only nit is a slight sense of alcoholic warmth on the finish. Score: 92. Reviewed June 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Morgan Double L Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.60, 720 cases, $60. Made from estate organic grapes, clones 777, 667, 115, 114 and Pommard 4. Vineyard is in northern end of Santa Lucia Mountains and has been certified organic since 2002 making it the first vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands to achieve both organic and sustainable certifications. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation initially, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 36% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Stubborn primary nose reluctantly offering aromas of earthy black fruits. Expansive blackberry and boysenberry flavors that offer commendable intensity and length on the finish. Polished, with balanced tannins, and a thrust of black cherry on the finish. Score: 92. Reviewed June 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Morgan Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.44, TA 0.63, 117 cases, $60. Pisoni clone. This 50-acre vineyard is located four miles south of Double L Vineyard and is in a slightly cooler area promoting later ripening and fresh acidity. 100% de-stemmed, whole berry fermentation started with native yeasts, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Brooding aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and oak spice and toast. More expressive on the palate, with mid weight plus flavors of perfectly ripened black cherry and boysenberry fruits that impose themselves on the mid palate and finish with panache. Still a bit tight, but oh so pleasing, with a lengthy, juicy finish. Score: 93. Reviewed June 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Morgan Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.62, 44 cases, $60. Clones are Pisoni and 777. Vineyard is three miles south of Double L Vineyard and was planted in 1996 by Gary Franscioni and his spouse Rosella. 100% de-stemmed, native yeasts began the whole berry fermentation, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. This wine is more ripe fruited and more sappy than usual for wines from this vineyard. Aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, game and brioche lead to a mid weight plus styled wine with a gorgeous core of boysenberry, black raspberry and plum fruit well-accented with Asian 5-spice. Noticeable attack, expansive presence on the palate, and a very sustaining finish. The tannins are well matched, and a subtle bit of oak vanillin adds interest. Score: 93. Reviewed June 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Morgan Tondre Grapefield Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.58, 45 cases, $60. Clones 943, 115, “828,” and 777. This vineyard is adjacent Garys’ Vineyard and was established and is farmed by Tondre Alarid and his son Joe. 100% de-stemmed, native yeasts started whole berry fermentation, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 45% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Soaring scents of Bing cherry, spices including nutmeg and sandalwood that sustain over time in the glass. A highly satisfying wine with the mid weight flavor of succulent, spiced cherry. The wine offers impeccable balance and a memorable spiced cherry fueled finish. This vineyard has a signature spice element that I have consistently tasted in multiple wines from different producers and I believe this is one of Santa Lucia Highland’s greatest Pinot Noir vineyards. Score: 94. Reviewed June 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Morgan Double L Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.60, 1,335 cases, $64. Clones are 777, 667, 115, 114 and Pommard 4. This vineyard was first planted in 1997 to 14 clones of Pinot Noir. The very best lots are selected and combined through many bench trials and tastings and until the best wine of each particular vintage is determined. The vineyard is certified both organic and sustainable. The winegrower and winemaker is Dan Morgan. 100% de-stemmed, whole berry fermentation with native yeasts in small, open-top tanks. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% one and twoyear- old. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry and black raspberry with a compliment of smoky, toasty oak. Boisterous flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, cola and toast are rounded out with balanced tannins and acidity. Silky in texture with soft tannins that make the wine very approachable now. That said, the wine had more fruit expression and better oak integration when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle indicating that decanting would be in order. Score: 92. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »

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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