Morgan Wine Reviews

The International Wine Review just published a new report on the wines of the Santa Lucia Highlands, one of California’s finest regions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. All the top producers like Morgan Winery are reviewed. Here are some excerpts:

Morgan Winery
Dan and Donna Lee are owners of this winery
located in Salinas and its 65-acre organic certified
Double L Vineyard situated in the northern section of
the Santa Lucia Highlands. Morgan produces a wide
variety of high quality wines sourced from within the
SLH and Monterrey County as a whole. (see a profile
of Dan and Donna Lee in this report)
Morgan 2008 R&D Pinot Gris Franscioni
Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands ($17) 90
This is a superb Pinot Gris that is every bit as good as
Pinot Gris from Oregon. It is light, green-tinged straw.
and has a nose of citrus, ripe grapefruit, and a touch of
tropical fruit.. The palate has a lovely creamy mouth feel
with pear and almond notes. Lovely lingering flavors on
the finish. Much improved over the 2007 vintage.
Morgan 2007 Highland Chardonnay Santa Lucia
Highlands ($26) 91
This Highland Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from several
S.L.H vineyards including 40% from Morgan’s own Double
L Vineyard. It offers an attractive nose of honeysuckle
and tropical fruit. On the palate it is rich and creamy
with flavors of pear, melon, spice and vanilla highlights.
Finishes long. Aged on the lees for 9 months with 35%
new French oak.
Morgan 2007 Chardonnay Double L Vineyard
Santa Lucia Highlands ($36) 90
The Double L Vineyard Chardonnay is medium yellow gold
with attractive aromas of tropical fruit, minerals and toast.
It has a rich palate of ripe melon and tropical fruit with
lightly toasted oak. Finishes with sweet ripe fruit notes and
crisp acidity. Aged for 10 months on the lees with 60%
malolactic fermentation.
Morgan 2007 Pinot Noir Twelve Clones Santa
Lucia Highlands ($32) 91
Medium ruby red showing ripe dark cherry fruit, smoke,
and undergrowth on the nose. Very flavorful palate of
spicy dark red fruit with strong earth and vanilla spice
notes. Has a long, flavorful finish, again with the fruit
shining through and just a touch of cola spice. Excellent
intensity of flavor and superbly balanced.
For more reviews of Morgan Wines and the other producers see Report #20 The Santa Lucia Highlands: Unique Terroir, Marvelous Wines on

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