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81 Ratings
Morgan Winery Twelve Clones Pinot Noir

Wine Details

Varietal

Pinot Noir

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2011 Vintage) The “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir is drawn from the finest vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, including Morgan’s own organically farmed “Double L” estate - which, in the 2014 vintage, accounted for 57% of the final blend. The “Twelve Clones” designation denotes the original, diverse Pinot plantings at the Double L. The vines here capture the warm morning sunshine from their elevated, east facing terraces overlooking the Salinas River Valley. Strong afternoon winds and evening fog from nearby Monterey Bay create a cool Region I type climate. The resulting long growing season allows for gentle ripening, creating intense flavors with balanced acidity. The 2014 growing season saw a continuation of the drought in California. The lower than normal rainfall totals and dry winter led to early budbreak. The vineyards proximity to Monterey Bay mitigated the few heat events, allowing for a fairly normal, gentle, long ripening period. Fruit quality from the 2014 vintage was uniformly excellent

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    90 points Wine Spectator: "Tight and well-structured, with vibrant acidity and minerally, taut and crisp wild berry and raspberry notes that are clean and nuanced. Ends with a pleasing mix of fruit and acidity. Drink now through 2018." (Web only, 2011) One star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "From its juicy, wild-cherry aromas to its like-minded, clean-as-can-be flavors, this version of Morgan's Twelve Clones Pinot is an inviting, well-balanced effort of medium density and depth. It is balanced to firmness and can be held with confidence for a few years, but its youthful freshness and engaging fruit invite early gulping all the same." (06/11)

    about 8 years
Expert Reviews
  • Wine Spectator
    (2010 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/2012