Santa Lucia Highlands
Grapes are estate grown on 28 acres of Morgan Winery's Double L vineyard. The VSP trellised vines are 21 years old on average and maintaned throug sustainable, organic practices. The vineyard sits on a slope ranging from 150-550m in elevation with a Southeast facing exposition. At harvest, grapes are picked by hand, with an average yield of 3 tons/acre.
The soil is comprised of sandy & shaly loam.
At the winery, the grapes are destemmed and gently pressed to start the fermentation. A mix of 50% selected yeast and 50% ambient yeast is used during fermentation, which lasts 8 days. Throughout this time the wine is maintained in small, open-top tanks with regular punch downs that are performed by hand. Total Sulfite count is 22 mg/L. There is minimal filtration and no fining prior to aging.
The wine is aged for 10 months in 60 gallon French oak barrels, and an additional 4-10 months in bottle prior to release.
Aromas of cherry, black tea, and a hint of toasty oak. The wine is rich but still smooth; the aromas on the palate are supported by flavors of bramble berry and cigar box.