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2018 Morgan "G17" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah

SKU #1478238 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Lively aromas of black raspberry jam on French toast, dark hibiscus, tar and lavender show on the cool-climate nose of this bottling, which includes 3% each of Grenache and Tempranillo. The palate is vibrant with flavors of pepper, lavender and lilac, set against the richer black-raspberry and black-plum backdrop. (MK) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Here is a Syrah, that although very young, is tailor-made for those for whom patience does not come easy, and its combination of forthright, very juicy, well-ripened berries, lowered tannins and slight palatal roundness almost impels drinking right now. It is, however, neither simple nor soft and has the balance to grow for a few years, and, if not one that conveys far-reaching complexity, it is a Syrah that has few peers when it comes to superlative value. *One Star, Good Value* Inner quote mark (3/2020)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Morgan G17 is a blend of 94% Syrah, 3% Grenache, and 3% Tempranillo from northern and central Monterey County. "G17" is one of Monterey County's best known highways, linking several of our grape growing appellations. This wine is sourced primarily from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco. Cool to moderate daytime temperatures are mitigated by ocean breezes and cool nights - fostering acidity and balance. 2018 was a classically cool growing season in Monterey - an epic year for Morgan’s cool climate varietals. The wine was fermented in open top tanks and received manual punch-downs. This enabled good extraction and structure development with pleasant tannins. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels. The 20% new oak gives the wine subtle spice and vanilla characters, without overpowering the elegant fruit profile. This Rhone-style Syrah has a garnet color, highlighted with purple edges. Blackberry, white pepper, graphite, and hints of smoked meat jump out of the glass. The wine is medium-full bodied with fine grained tannins, offering a mouthful of crème de violette and black fruit. Its weight and balance make it a perfect pairing with anything off the grill."

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