2010 Morgan "Twelve Clones" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1087814 92 points Wine Spectator

 *Top 100 Wines of 2012* Well-crafted, tight and structured, with firm, gripping tannins keeping the zesty, tart wild berry, blackberry and date-nut bread flavors in check. Drink now through 2020.  (6/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. Cherry, blackberry and rose on the primary nose. High-pitched and taut on the palate, displaying lively flavors of bitter cherry and dark berries. This bright, nicely focused midweight finishes with a subtle herbal quality.  (11/2012)

K&L Notes

Morgan's 'Twelve Clones' Pinot is composed of fruit from some of the Santa Lucia Highlands best sites, including Tondre Grapefield, Lucia Highlands, Garys', and Morgan's own organically farmed Double L Estate vineyard (55% of the final cuvée). The cool, long, and wetter than average 2010 growing season yielded fine results across the board, enabling Morgan to render craft an exceptional cuvee that shows off the lush fruit character of the region while maintaining balanced natural acidity and a moderate 13.9% alcohol. Aged for ten months 36% new French oak, this Pinot exhibits black raspberry, black cherry, plum, and hibiscus tea aromas and flavors, with accents of vanilla and clove. On the palate, hints of savory herbs fold into the baking spices and fruit flavors, for a complex, layered Pinot that can pair with a variety of foods. Try it with grilled salmon, smoked duck breast, or roast leg of lamb.

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2012 | Send Email
Coming from a land that generally has to do more with excess and extraction than balance and precision the 2010 Morgan "Twelve Clones" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir certainly breaks the mold. Don’t get me wrong, this is far from a demure Pinot Noir, but it does at least taste like classic Pinot. Coming from vineyard sites that are house-hold names and usually break the $40 a bottle threshold this has long been one of the top value wines coming from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Full of deep set cherry, root beer, dried fig and pomegranate flavors and a nice brisk feel in the mouth this is as refreshing as it gets from this appellation. If you like your Pinots with a little more “umph” and a little less funk, then this is certainly the Pinot for you.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2012 | Send Email
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Wow! What a beautiful nose on this wine! Aromas of dried cranberry, cherry, rose petals and hints of sage seductively rise from the glass. While on the palate shows remarkable energy and verve with racy red berry fruit nicely accented by hints of herbs and minerals. This wine is full-bodied without appearing clumsy or heavy which makes it the perfect food wine to pair with summer salads, salmon, pork or roast chicken. When you think of why Pinot Noir has become so popular this is the kind of wine that helped to spawn the craze.
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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 13.9