Morgan: 2017 Releases from Monterey and the Santa Lucia Highlands

Morgan is one of the Santa Lucia Highlands’ finest wineries. Year in and year out, it produces high quality wines at fair prices. The winery is owned and operated by veteran winemaker Dan Lee who has been crafting wine at Morgan for more than 25 years. We first became acquainted with Dan and Morgan Winery some 15 years ago when we were preparing our Report #20 The Santa Lucia Highlands: Unique Terroir, Marvelous Wines. At that time and with every passing year that we have been reviewing Morgan wines, we have been impressed by their consistent quality, originally and steady improvement. Dan Lee and wife Donna founded Morgan in 1982, built a state-of-the-art winery in Salinas in 1984, and purchased the 65 acres Double L Vineyard in the northern Santa Lucia Highlands in 1996. Planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the Double L has been farmed organically since its founding and is certified by Monterey County Certified Organic. Dan is also recognized for the high quality of his Rhone style wines and as a pioneer in developing unoaked Chardonnay. The wines reviewed below are once again beautifully crafted and reasonably priced.

The Wines

 Morgan 2017 Metallico Unoaked Chardonnay Monterrey ($22) 91 The 2017 Metallico Unoaked Chardonnay displays delicious apple and orchard fruit aromas and flavors with hints of lime citrus. On the palate it offers ripe and concentrated fruit flavors with lovely mouth feel and persistence on the finish. Still one of the finest unoaked Chardonnays produced in California.

Morgan 2017 Cotes du Crowes Monterrey ($20) 90  A delicious spicy blend of 56% Grenache, 37% Syrah and 7% Tempranillo. Dark ruby color with a smooth attack of ripe spicy plum fruit. Easy drinking on the palate with good balance, soft tannins and a firm finish. It should be even better in another year.

Morgan 2017 G17 Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands ($25)91   This Syrah displays a dark ruby color and aromas of plum, herbs and black pepper spice. It is full bodied and rich on the palate offering concentrated dark fruit flavors, ripe and spicy with soft round tannins and a long finish. Aged in 25% new French oak, which is nicely integrated in the wine.

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