2012 Morgan "G17" Monterey Syrah (375ml)
**Good Value** This well-mannered Syrah is ripe without being close to excess and is more full-bodied than not yet is impeccably balanced. It is on the varietal track with its hints of dark berries and spice, and while it is not in contention for boldness, it more than earns full marks for its solid structure and its ability to make grilled steaks, standing rib roasts and garlicky legs of lamb taste even better. It can hold for a bit but this priceworthy wine works even now.
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Created in 1982 by Dan Lee (Dan's middle name is Morgan), this estate produces a bevy of solid wines, all of which lean to the more fresh, focused end of the spectrum. The Double L Vineyard (which stands for Double Luck and named so after the birth of twins) is the estate vineyards and it lies in the cooler, more northern end of appellation. Dan commented that the 2012 vintage was a glorious vintage that had no problems or rains, and was an easy vintage to make good wines. Made from 80% Syrah, and 10% each of Grenache and Tempranillo, the 2012 Syrah G17 offers a bright, fresh and lively profile to go with plenty of darker fruits, peppery herbs, cedar and charred earth. This medium-bodied, focused and nicely put together effort will have 4-5 years of enjoyable drinking.
May seem a bit young for a Syrah of this quality, but the combination of intense, grilled meat Syrah aromas with a tangy, lingering palate of red plum sauce might make an excellent picnic split now, with the right sandwiches! It's a blend of 80% Syrah, 10% Tempranillo and 10% Grenache from northern and central Monterey County. "Here, the fog burns off early allowing ample sunshine to warm temperatures to the mid 80’s during the summer and fall," according to the winery's notes. "The rising warm air draws the cool winds from Monterey Bay in the late afternoon. By night time, temperatures cool to the low 50’s. After back to back years of below normal temperatures, 2012 was a “textbook” growing season, with seasonal temperatures and more predictable weather patterns....This Rhone-style blend has a rich ruby red color, highlighted with purple edges. Raspberry, cedar and milk chocolate aromas jump out of the glass. The wine is medium-bodied with soft tannins; it offers a mouthful of plum, sour cherry and pepper flavors. Its weight and balance make it a perfect pairing with anything off the grill."