2018 Morgan Winery Chardonnay Double L Vineyard$39.99
This is an incredible effort from the winery that has been around for decades, but their wines typically fly under everyone’s radar. In 1996, Dan and Donna Lee purchased a sixty-acre ranch in the northern part of the Santa Lucia highlands ava and named it (Double Luck) after their twin daughters. This is a fairly cool site with daytime temperatures during the summer in the high seventies and low temperatures in the fifties. The coastal fog blankets the vineyards in the morning, which are about three hundred to five hundred feet in altitude. The vines are all farmed sustainably. This is a domestic Chardonnay made in a Burgundian style, and getting a great score like this from John Gilman is pretty rare. This is special juice, don’t miss it!
2018 Chardonnay “Double L Vineyard”- Morgan Winery John Gilman 93 pts! The 2018 vintage of Morgan’s Double L Vineyard cuvée of chardonnay is a superb bottle in the making. The wine was barrel-fermented and aged in thirty percent new oak for ten months prior to bottling this year. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a classy blend of pear, lemon, paraffin, citrus blossoms, a touch of lavender, acacia blossoms, complex soil tones, and a dollop of vanillin oak. On the palate, the wine is pure, precise, and complex, with a full-bodied format, a 35 fine girdle of acidity, excellent focus and grip, and a long, beautifully balanced finish. This will age very well, and I would not open a bottle until it has had at least a couple more years’ worth of bottle age, just to let more layers of complexity emerge. 2023-2035+. 93.