Morgan Winery is a small production, terroir-driven winery located in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey, California. Santa Lucia Highlands, from which they source most of their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit, is one of the finest areas in California for Burgundian varietals. The combination of cool temperatures, significant winds, and low rainfall stress the vines to the point where the typical growing season is 4-5 weeks longer than most California wine regions. The result is mature and intense flavors which retain freshness. Morgan crafts wines of balance, elegance and distinction thanks to a conscientious, innovative farming regimen coupled with minimal intervention winemaking.
If you are looking for a quality wine from California at a great price, the option below are not to be missed.
2015 Cotes Du Crows – Morgan Winery
This name is a play on Crozes Hermitage, the Syrah-based wines of the Rhone. Cotes du Crow’s is a blend of the two red varietals of the southern Rhone Valley: Grenache and Syrah. This year they decided to use a small amount of Tempranillo, offering spice and earth tones which beautifully complements Grenache and Syrah. The grapes are sourced primarily from the Arroyo Seco and San Lucas appellations of Monterey County where warmer daytime temperatures are mitigated by ocean breezes and cool nights – fostering acidity and balance.
Blackberry, rose petal, and raspberry aromas jump out of the glass. On the palate expect pomegranate, black cherry and cinnamon stick. The softly tannic structure ensures that it is easily enjoyable upon release.
Price: Case of 12 at $359.40 ($29.95 per bottle
Drink: Now or over the next 5 years
Type/Variety: Dry red, 52% Grenache, 44% Shiraz, 4% Tempranillo
Food Pairing: Perfect pairing with anything off the grill
To your next great glass,