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Morgan Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Twelve Clones 2015

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90 points and 'Very highly recommended,' California Grapevine: Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, fragrant, bright, red cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with hints of forest floor, dried herbs, and Asian spices; medium body; fleshy, supple, dark cherry fruit flavors with nice acidity, a trace of toasty oak, and a slight plushness in the mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Easy to drink and enjoy now. 13.5% alcohol; released April 2017. (Aug 2017)

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Morgan Winery:
Morgan Winery is family owned and operated since 1982 and is committed to making refined wines from the finest Monterey and Santa Lucia Highlands Vineyards. Morgan Winery's Double L Vineyard is currently the only certified organically farmed vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands.

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Snooth User: 40somethinglife
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2013 03/23/2016

The Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot is a light to medium claret color. It is vibrantly fruity on the nose with aromas of sweet cherries, hints of liquorice and surprisingly cassis, which I usually relate to heavier reds like Cabs. There is brilliant wallop of fruits on the initial taste, which seems to last forever and lingers into smooth milk chocolate finish – quite powerful for a Pinot Noir. This Pinot is actually light but ridiculously lively in summer fruity, slightly sweet tastes. I can’t even tell you how wonderful this wine pairs with the stress of putting together a huge conference. It worked wonders for my not so sunny disposition while on an 8pm conference call.


Snooth User: BasilNew
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/06/2012

One of my favorite Pinot's under $30. Dark, plummy fruit with hints of earth and leather, along with a slight cinnamon spice at the end. I feel that the chilly but sunny coastal region between the Santa Lucia Highlands down to northern Santa Barbara county produce the best Pinot Noir on the planet ( some may disagree) and this one is a good example for the moderately priced (under $30) category. If you like Pinot, and are a fan of the movie "Sideways", you won't be disappointed. :)


External Reviews for Morgan Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Twelve Clones

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/27/2017

The Place: 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 2015 vintage, accounted for 36% 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 Vintage: The 2015 growing season saw a continuation of the drought in California. The lower than normal rainfall totals and dry winter led to early budbreak. The vineyards’ proximity to Monterey Bay mitigated the few heat events, allowing for a fairly normal, gentle, long ripening period. Yields were very low, and fruit quality from the 2015 vintage was uniformly excellent. The Wine: The grapes were picked and then hand-sorted in the vineyard. Upon arriving at the winery, grapes were sorted a second time before being destemmed. Whole berry fermentation was started using native yeasts in small, open top tanks. Two times each day the cap was gently punched down by hand. After fermentation, the wine was transferred into a combination of 30% new, one and two yearold 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 forest floor, sweet spice, raspberry, and bacon fat. Flavors of dark cherry are complemented by notes of toasted oak and candied strawberry. Perfectly poised fruit/acid balance make this wine incredibly food-versatile. It is a wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef or lamb preparation. Alcohol: 14.1% TA: 6.10 g/l pH: 3.49


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 01/20/2017

Notes: 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 2014 vintage, accounted for 57% 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 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 2014 growing season saw a continuation of the drought in California. The lower than normal rainfall totals and dry winter led to early budbreak. The vineyards proximity to Monterey Bay mitigated the few heat events, allowing for a fairly normal, gentle, long ripening period. Fruit quality from the 2014 vintage was uniformly excellent. The grapes were picked then 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 yeasts in small, open top tanks. Three times each day the cap was gently punched down by hand. After fermentation, the wine was transferred into a combination of 37% 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 dried cherry, brown sugar, cedar, and dry herbs. Flavors of pomegranate are complemented by notes of dates and mineral. Perfectly poised fruit/acid balance make this wine incredibly food-versatile. It is a wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef or lamb preparation. Aging: 8 months aging in 37% new french oak Acid: 5.70 g/l pH: 3.55 Alcohol: 13.8%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 10/05/2016

The Place: 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 2013 vintage, accounted for 40% 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 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 Vintage: The 2013 growing season was a fairly textbook one throughout Monterey County. Winter storms gave way to a warm spring and summer, with trademark brisk afternoon winds off the Bay. With very few weather events, the fruit was allowed to develop slowly. Mildew pressure was at a minimum, insuring “clean,” high quality fruit. The grapes arriving at the winery displayed full phenolic ripeness, with ideal sugar / acid balance. The grapes were picked then 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 yeasts in small, open top tanks. Three times each day the cap was gently punched down by hand. After fermentation, the wine was transferred into a combination of 44% new and one and two year-old French cooperage. The wine aged for almost a year before being bottled. The Wine: This special wine demonstrates the power and finesse of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It displays aromas of dried cherry, cola, spice and smoke. Flavors of cranberry and pomegranate are complemented by notes of almond skin and minerals. Perfectly poised fruit/acid balance make this incredibly food-versatile. It is a wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef or lamb preparation. - Winery ** Only 2 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 02/06/2015

The Place: 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 2013 vintage, accounted for 40% 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 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 Vintage: The 2013 growing season was a fairly textbook one throughout Monterey County. Winter storms gave way to a warm spring and summer, with trademark brisk afternoon winds off the Bay. With very few weather events, the fruit was allowed to develop slowly. Mildew pressure was at a minimum, insuring “clean,” high quality fruit. The grapes arriving at the winery displayed full phenolic ripeness, with ideal sugar / acid balance. The grapes were picked then 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 yeasts in small, open top tanks. Three times each day the cap was gently punched down by hand. After fermentation, the wine was transferred into a combination of 44% new and one and two year-old French cooperage. The wine aged for almost a year before being bottled. The Wine: This special wine demonstrates the power and finesse of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It displays aromas of dried cherry, cola, spice and smoke. Flavors of cranberry and pomegranate are complemented by notes of almond skin and minerals. Perfectly poised fruit/acid balance make this incredibly food-versatile. It is a wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef or lamb preparation. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 08/28/2016

The Place: 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 2013 vintage, accounted for 40% 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 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 Vintage: The 2013 growing season was a fairly textbook one throughout Monterey County. Winter storms gave way to a warm spring and summer, with trademark brisk afternoon winds off the Bay. With very few weather events, the fruit was allowed to develop slowly. Mildew pressure was at a minimum, insuring “clean,” high quality fruit. The grapes arriving at the winery displayed full phenolic ripeness, with ideal sugar / acid balance. The grapes were picked then 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 yeasts in small, open top tanks. Three times each day the cap was gently punched down by hand. After fermentation, the wine was transferred into a combination of 44% new and one and two year-old French cooperage. The wine aged for almost a year before being bottled. The Wine: This special wine demonstrates the power and finesse of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It displays aromas of dried cherry, cola, spice and smoke. Flavors of cranberry and pomegranate are complemented by notes of almond skin and minerals. Perfectly poised fruit/acid balance make this incredibly food-versatile. It is a wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef or lamb preparation. - Winery ** Only 9 in Stock **


External Review
Vintage: 2011 02/15/2014

Fresh and vibrant, with zesty wild berry and blueberry fruit that's pure and easy-drinking, with a modest but persistent finish. Drink now through 2019.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 03/09/2013

Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir is well-crafted, tight and structured, with firm, gripping tannins keeping the zesty, tart wild berry, blackberry and date-nut bread flavors in check.


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90 points and 'Very highly recommended,' California Grapevine: Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, fragrant, bright, red cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with hints of forest floor, dried herbs, and Asian spices; medium body; fleshy, supple, dark cherry fruit flavors with nice acidity, a trace of toasty oak, and a slight plushness in the mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Easy to drink and enjoy now. 13.5% alcohol; released April 2017. (Aug 2017)

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