2014 Morgan "Metallico" Monterey Chardonnay

SKU #1260792 Vinous

 Bright yellow. Ripe melon and pineapple on the fragrant, subtly spicy nose. Supple, gently sweet and broad in the mouth, offering juicy honeydew and tropical fruit flavors and a hint of bitter citrus pith. Finishes on a dry, lemony note with good cling and a musky suggestion of succulent herbs. These fruit-driven, generous, accessible wines are mostly built for early enjoyment but the reds also have the concentration and tannic structure to reward at least mid-term aging. I’ve found that Morgan’s Pinot Noirs usually drink well until their seventh birthdays, at least, and the Syrahs will no doubt go even farther although, like most examples of that variety from the Santa Lucia Highlands, they’re in no way forbidding when young. Dan Morgan Lee planted his first vines in the region on a 65-acre property at the northern border of the appellation in 1997 and that property, the Double L Vineyard, now comprises 97 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, plus microscopic plots of Syrah and Riesling. The Morgan lineup is rounded out with wines made from fruit purchased from three of the region’s most esteemed vineyards, Rosella’s, Garys’ and Tondre Grapefield. (JR)  (7/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 Dan Lee's annual stainless-steel release is quite dynamic on the nose, with lime blossom, red apple, soda and freshly cut kiwi notes. The flavors are light, bright and intriguing, trending toward the green-fruit side of the spectrum, with apple and pear cider, pomelo rind and a touch of quinine. (MK)  (6/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Aromatically spicy and zesty, with a medium-bodied mix of tangerine, white peach, honeysuckle and pear, ending clean and simple. (Web-2016) (JL)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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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Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5