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Morgan Winery Tasting Featuring Winemaker Gianni Abate

On June 8th we were fortunate to host winemaker Gianni Abate from Morgan Winery in the Santa Lucia Highlands in a trade and midweek tasting of some of their wines, including their world class single vineyard Pinot Noirs as well as five of the twelve pinot noir clones that are planted in their Double L Vineyard.

We began the trade tasting by sampling several Pinot Noir clonal varieties from their Double L Vineyard. Straight from the barrel, a side by side comparison of the clones that go into many of the Pinot Noirs we already enjoy was a fascinating analysis.

We also had the privilege of tasting Morgan’s ’10 Monterey Sauvignon Blanc, offering tropical sweet grass flavors; the ’09 Highland Chardonnay, a food friendly Chardonnay featuring light butterscotch and refreshing grapefruit flavors; and the ’09 “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir, derived from various vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, including Morgan’s own organically farmed “Double L” estate, indicating it comes from the original twelve clones planted in the Double L Vineyard.

For the single vineyard selections, we sampled the ’08 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir, ’09 Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir, ’08 Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, and the ’09 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Gianni stuck around after the trade tasting to talk to customers about Morgan’s wines for those that wanted to taste through the Sauvignon Blanc, Highlands Chardonnay and single vineyard Pinot Noirs. All the wines were fantastic and unique in their own right. We’ve already received the ’09 Sauvignon Blanc, ’09 Highland Chardonnay, ’09 “Twelve Clones” Pinot Noir, ’09 Double L Pinot Noir, and the ’09 Gary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir in stock, so come by and pick up a bottle of wine from a family winery that’s committed to making quality wines from the esteemed Santa Lucia Highlands!

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