2014 Morgan "G17" Monterey Syrah (375ml)
Inky ruby. Spice-tinged dark berries, licorice and pungent flowers on the nose, joined by a smoky nuance that builds with air. Shows very good energy and focus in the mouth, offering juicy blackberry and olive flavors and a subtle touch of cracked pepper on the back half. Closes sweet and long, displaying sneaky tannins and bright, peppery persistence. I was reminded a lot of a Crozes-Hermitage. 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)
Lively and well-built, with spicy blackberry aromas and layered dark plum, bittersweet chocolate and grilled herb flavors. Drink now through 2024. 1,296 cases made.
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