Room-filling bouquet of blackberry and undergrowth - a wine you could happily sniff all night - with a silky-smooth palate, perfectly poised between juicy fruit and linear acidity, that's all dried cherry, toasted wood, cola, pomegranate and smoky minerals. Shows the power, panache and all-round oomph of premium Californian Pinot.
Pair with crispy Peking duck in pancakes or Époisses cheese.
The grapes are hand-selected twice (once in the vineyard and again in the winery), ensuring only the best berries are used, before destemming and whole-berry fermentation using native, naturally-occurring yeasts. After fermentation the wine was matured for 10 months in French oak barrels, 44% of which are new. Depending on the vintage, around two-thirds of the blend comes from Morgan's organically-farmed 'Double L' vineyard. The 'Twelve Clones' name references the original plantings at the estate.
Dan and Donna Lee's Morgan Winery made its first wine in 1982 and in the decades since has become synonymous with artisan, terroir-driven wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Monterey. Hailing from a small town in California’s Central Valley, Dan originally studied veterinary medicine at the University of California, Davis, before switching to oenology.