Just gorgeous, an absolutely wonderful Pinot Noir to drink. Fully dry and crisp in coastal acidity, it shows rich, complex flavors of cherries, red currants and mocha, with a grounding, earthy animality suggesting grilled mushrooms and beef jerky. Beautiful now, and should gradually improve for a decade.
This low production barrel selection from Morgan's Double L Vineyard is one of the best Chards of the vintage. Has everything Double L has, but more. Fabulous weight and density, and tiers of flavors ranging from pineapples through peaches, creme brulee and butterscotch. Fat, almost meaty, yet dry, elegant and refined.
All the oaky, leesy richness is there, with buttered toast, crème brûlée and smoky buttercream, and tons of fruity ripeness, with a blast of Meyer lemon, pineapple, white peach and apricot. Yet there’s also a firm, steely minerality, and, despite the dryness, maybe even a delicious touch of botrytis. The acidity is mouthwatering.
A brilliant Chardonnay, displaying both the terroir of this fine upland part of Monterey County, and the cool vintage that let the grapes hang on the vines until they were perfectly ripe. Dazzles with pineapple and mango fruit, with a perfect jacket of sweet, vanilla-scented oak. Best of all is the acidity, which is brisk, bright and clean.
One of the best Syrahs I’ve ever had from this appellation, and right up there with California’s best. Deep, dark and complex, it offers dramatic helpings of plum sauce, leather, blackberry, chocolate, coffee and oak flavors that don’t stop. The tannic structure is a wonder. Completely dry, yet with a fruity sweetness, it’s totally drinkable now and for the next…
I liked Morgan’s Double L Chard for its Chablis-like character. This wine is more so. It’s drier, more acidic and more elegant, but there’s nothing lean about the power of its core of tropical fruit, which detonates on the palate and doesn’t stop. There’s fascination with every sip, as the wine slowly changes in the glass. This is a great wine and showcases the…
Acidity and minerals are the hallmarks of this exciting Chardonnay. Of course, you’ll find the ripe tropical fruit and new oak and lees of other Chardonnays, but it’s really that tanginess that attracts. Currently the wine shows primary flavors of mangoes and papayas, but it would not surprise me if it ages well beyond five years.
Even better than the ‘98, an elegant, harmonious wine, long in rich, sweet cherry fruit. Great balance and style. Feels supple and smooth, with great acidity. Char and vanilla stand out on the finish. Dazzling now, and should improve and hold for a decade.