Morgan Syrah 2006
Winemaker Tasting Notes: The 2005 Cotes du Crow's shows medium-rich ruby red color with blue-black highlights. Nose and palate impressions of violets, blueberry jam, mint, pomegranate, strawberry, spice, and pepper. Medium-bodied, soft tannins. A versatile food wine, it walks the fine line between being a substantial wine and a wine that is easy to enjoy. Winemaking Notes: The goal is to produce a wine that has the bold, spicy, rich flavors of the Southern Rhone with a dose of California sunshine. To achieve this, the wine is fermented primarily in open top fermenters using manual punchdown for optimum extraction and structure with soft tannins. After primary fermentation, the wine is transferred to French oak barrels, of which 20% are new, for malo-lactic fermentation and 10 months of aging. The wine showed nice structure, yet maintained finesse with a 55% Syrah/45% Grenache blend. One can still taste the qualities of each grape with this blend, though, interestingly enough, that was not possible with a 60/40 blend. After assembling the blend in the summer, the wine was bottled, unfined, in August 2007. Vineyard Notes: The San Lucas appellation of Southern Monterey County is the primary source of Morgan's Rhone-type varietals. Temperatures are warmer down valley as the coastal fog doesn't always reach the area, yet overnight lows are still quite cool which retain acidity and lengthen the growing season. Vintage Notes: The 2006 vintage ran about a month later than normal, due to a cold, wet spring that delayed the fruit set. The summer weather was typical for the region. The Grenache and Syrah were harvested from early October through the second week of November. The cool vintage retained acidity and the wines tend to show bright fruit along with a nicely structured style. Technical Notes: Appellation: Monterey Alcohol : 14.2% pH : 3.53 TA: 5.8 g/L Aging: 10 months Oak: 20% new Burgundy Barrels Release: September 2007 Return to Morgan wine list
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.
This red wine, done in the southern Rhone style but in a California terroir, is a blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Grenache. Lots of ripe strawberry aromas with hints of field herbs like violets and lilacs, and spicy flavors of white pepper woven between layers of blueberry and rhubarb pie.