2013 Morlet "Morlet Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From Luc Morlet's own estate just north of St. Helena, the 2013 Morlet Estate comes across like a first-growth Pauillac. Again 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with creamy blackcurrants and blackberry fruit, some licorice, graphite, and background oak, the wine displays excellent minerality, superb fruit intensity, and a multi-dimensional mouthfeel. It should drink well for at least 25-30 years.
Robert Parker writes: "Luc Morlet, whose brother Nicolas Morlet is the principal winemaker at Peter Michael Winery, preceded his brother, but has his own winery just north of St. Helena and the Culinary Institute of America. It sits adjacent to Route 29 in a beautiful old building from the late 1800s. Morlet, who hails from the Champagne region of France, is on a hot streak in terms of the quality of the exquisite wines he=s producing. This is an extraordinary lineup of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir and possibly the finest 100% Cabernet Franc ever made in California, his Force de la Nature. Morlet is hoping to use about 70% or more estate-grown fruit, as he has been busy acquiring property and now has his estate up to 24 acres. Luc Morlet produces three cuvées of Chardonnay, one from the Sonoma Coast, one from Goldridge soils, and the third a selection of his finest barrels, the Coup de Coeur. All of them are based around the old Wente clone of Chardonnay, as that seems to be the favorite of top-quality Chardonnay winemakers throughout California. The 2013 Chardonnays are finally in bottle, and they are showing even better than I predicted last year. They are incredibly great Chardonnays with long lives ahead of them."