90 BURG points - Coming from the Double L, Tondre, KW Ranch, Rosella’s, Fog Stone and Leavens vineyards, all of which are in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2012 Pinot Noir Twelve Clones is a medium-bodied, attractive, and supple 2012 that gives up pretty black cherry, spring flowers, and earthy, leathery notes with air. It’s a well-made, delicious effort to drink over the coming 3-4 years.
This vintage of Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir demonstrates the power and finesse of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It displays aromas of black cherries, cola, spicy earth tones and vanilla. Flavors of red cherries and berries are complemented by notes of black tea, chocolate espressp, smokey oak, and spice. Perfectly poised fruit / acid balance make this incredibly food-versatile. It is a wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef, or lamb preparation. Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir is drawn from the finest vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, including Morganâ€™s own organically farmed â€śDouble Lâ€ť estate. In the 2008 vintage the Double L accounted for 42% of the final blend. Morgan â€śTwelve Clonesâ€ť designation denotes the original diverse Pinot plantings at the Double L. Vines here capture the warm morning sunshine from their elevated east facing terraces overlooking the Salinas River Valley. Strong afternoon winds and evening fog from nearby Monterey Bay create a cool Region I type climate. The resulting long growing season allows for gentle ripening, creating intense flavors with balanced acidity.