Morgan, Twelve Clones, Pinot Noir 2021 (Santa Lucia Highlands, CA)
Producer Notes: The grapes were hand sorted in the vineyard and again at the winery before being completely destemmed. Whole berry fermentation started using native and cultured yeasts in small, open top tanks. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to 32% new French oak for nine months of aging.
The 2021 Twelve Clones demonstrates the finesse typical of pinot noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Aromas of raspberry hard candy, bay laurel, and bergamot tea are complemented by flavors of red fruits, potpourri, and a hint of sweet and savory spices. Perfectly poised, this medium plus bodied wine is supported by elegant tannins. A wonderful accompaniment to roasted chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef, or lamb preparation.
Wine Enthusiast, 93 Points: “Light in the glass, this clonal blends pops on the nose with crisp raspberry and cranberry as hints of crushed slate and red rose petal add complexity. The landing on the palate is clean and bright, showing joyously ripe berry flavors but also elegant floral tones deep into the finish.” - Matt Kettmann, June 2023
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