2006 Morgan "Double L" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1037684

94 points and two stars from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "This deep and very well-filled working from Morgan's home vineyard gets our nod as the best of the winery's very fine lot of 2006 Pinots. Rich in fruit, deftly oaked and hinting at layering and complexity to come with age, it is at once both weighty and well-polished on the palate with a keen streak of balancing acids keeping it lively throughout its consid-erable length. Its inviting juiciness and velvety feel are sure to tempt early drinking, but good things await those who exercise a few years of patience." (Feb. 2009) 93 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "There are two kinds of great California Pinots: delicate and massive. This is massive. It’s dark, tannic and powerful in fruit, but is so rich, so complex and interesting, you just can’t keep from drinking it. Explodes with black cherry, currant, cola, mocha and smoky spice flavors. Now through 2012." (12/31/2008) 91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, vivid red. Deep black raspberry and candied cherry aromas are complemented by exotic spices and fresh flowers. Round and fleshy, with deeply concentrated dark berry liqueur flavors and a kick of cinnamon on the back. Silky tannins gain power with air and linger on the finish. A seductive, modern style that is delicious right now." (Nov/Dec '08)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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.


- 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.
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Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5