Morgan Highland Chardonnay 2016 | Beautiful Plush Custardy Chardonnay
Morgan Highland Chardonnay 2016 presents a rich golden color. Aromas of candied apples, pineapple, vanillin and toasted oak spice notes, and butter. Also, a rich buttery mouthfeel, with a dense core of sweet fruit and full body. And in the glass, it’s everything California Chardonnay lovers hope for. Displaying rich golden color, plush texture from barrel-fermentation, ripe fruit, sweet oak spice, and a beautiful balancing acidity.
91WS | A plush white, with apple tart, ripe pear and custardy flavors that are fresh and juicy. The spicy finish is full of savory and creamy accents. Drink Morgan Highland Chardonnay 2016 now through 2022.
Santa Lucia Highlands | Certified Organic Vineyard
Santa Lucia Highlands skirts the Salinas Valley inland from the town of Monterey. While the maritime winds take the bite out of the summer sun. As a result of stretching out the growing season, leading to ideal ripeness. First, growing the fruit for Morgan Highland Chardonnay 2016 at Dan’s certified-organic Double L vineyard. Also including fruit from neighboring vineyards, including McIntyre and Tondre. While hand harvesting the fruit then whole-cluster pressed, and finally barrel fermented. Hence, resulting in a wine with a ripe core, creamy mouthfeel, and outstanding focus.
With each vintage of Highland Chardonnay, we showcase the unique attributes of our Double L Vineyard and the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The Morgan Highland Chardonnay 2016 includes 30% fruit from the Double L and the balance from outstanding neighboring estates in the SLH. The Double L Vineyard has been “Certified Organic” since 2002 but has been conscientiously farmed in this method since the original plantings in 1997.
Pioneering Winemaker and Founder Dan Morgan Lee
Dan Morgan Lee’s career has not quite followed the standard California path. When matriculating at UC Davis in the 1970s, it was to pursue veterinary medicine, not winemaking. Eventually, the desire to make wine did grip him, and after completing the graduate enology program at Davis, headed to wine country. But he passed on the hotbeds of Napa and Sonoma, instead of journeying down the coast to apprentice at Jekel, the pioneering winery that was in the process of putting Monterey on the wine map.
Fast forward three decades: Morgan Winery, which Dan and his wife Donna founded in 1982, is now mentioned alongside the pioneering growers and producers who saw the potential of Monterey County long before the world recognized it as one of the top sites for Burgundy varieties in California.