2014 Morgan "Highland" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

SKU #1278596 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* An amazing wine for less than $30, this bottling by veteran Winemaker Dan Lee starts with tightly wound aromas of dried yogurt, Meyer lemon peel, honeysuckle and Asian-pear flesh. Great grapefruit-pith flavors kick off the sip, where lime juice and baking soda combine for a tight, bright, grippy, laser-focused and high-toned palate. (MK)  (9/2016)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star & Good Value* Never flamboyant, but still fairly rich and showing a measure of complexity that runs from its compact, deftly oaked, green apple aromas into its nicely composed flavors, this moderately full, very well-balanced youngster smacks of seriousness in a way that few Chardonnays of its price do. It is lively and lasting with very clear potential for aging, yet it is not so tight that it cannot be enjoyed in the shorter term with richer seafoods.  (7/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale gold. High-pitched Meyer lemon, green apple and floral aromas develop a zesty mineral note in the glass. Tangy and precise on the palate, offering bitter citrus zest and pear skin flavors that pick up a quinine nuance with air. Shows a hint of smokiness on the dry, nervy finish, which lingers with good, stony tenacity. (JR)  (10/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another top tier value is the 2014 Chardonnay Highland, which comes all from the Santa Lucia Highlands and was mostly barrel-fermented and aged in 25% new oak. It has notable richness and toastiness, with lots of caramelized apple, crushed rock and spice aromatics. Medium-bodied, pure, balanced and with bright acidity, it's a high quality Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming 2-3 years. (JD)  (8/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and snappy, like biting into a green apple, with pithy apple peel, citrus, lanolin and floral scents. Retains a lively personality through the clean, lingering finish. (JL)  (11/2016)

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Chardonnay

- 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, M√Ęcon, 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.
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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.
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California

- 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 (%): 14.2