2019 Morgan Chardonnay 'Double L Vineyard'
Santa Lucia Highlands, California
100% Chardonnay from the only certified organic vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, all fermented and aged in French oak (30% new) for 10 months. Seventy-five percent malo-lactic fermentation and lees stirring were conducted to obtain medium body with balanced richness and acidity. 498 cases were made. The balance of oak to fruit here is just awesome. Juicy and smooth in texture, offering intense orchard and citrus fruit, honeysuckle, vanilla and spice flavors that firm up through the midpalate. Finishes long and silky, with the floral and citrus fruit notes echoing. This is a superb food wine and a wine to make you love California Chardonnay again. The winemaking team of the legendary Dan Lee and up-and-comier Samuel Louis Smith really know their stuff.
94 points, Wine Enthusiast. "Toasted macadamia nut, baked peach, coconut and sea salt aromas make for a heady entry to the nose. The palate is cut by a tangerine-rind tartness that gives balance to the creamy apricot and cherimoya flavors as that salty character carries through the finish."