This is a truly exceptional Pinot Noir for the classic wine lover. Samuel Louis Smith is the head wine-maker at Morgan winery, and the wines made under his namesake are from his small side project. Since he has a vast knowledge of all the great vineyards in the region, he selected the Coast View and Pelio vineyards for his Pinot Noir. Both these vineyards are farmed sustainably and are about 1,700 feet in attitude. The soils are composed of shale and granite, which give the wine a fantastic minerality. In my opinion, this blows away anything made by Pisoni, Roar, and the like (the big names that source from the same region).
Since this is Samuel Louis Smith's side project, he makes the wines exactly how he likes them. In this Pinot Noir, he uses some whole cluster, picks earlier than most (the wine comes in at 13.1% alcohol), uses minimal new oak, and does not fine or filter. The result is absolute brilliance, and it's one of the best Pinot Noir we have tasted from California in a while. Aromas of red fruits, red flowers, orange zest, minerals, spice, and a touch of sage explode from the glass. The plate is clean and pure with elegant cool fruit flavors of cherry, currant, blood orange, mineral, herb, and a touch of spice. This is a genuinely captivating wine that keeps you coming back for more. We tasted this wine over three days, and it kept getting better, so we would suggest decanting or giving it a little bottle age for it to show its best. This is the kind of wine we would make from Pinot Noir grapes in California if we had the chance, so we tip our hat to Samuel Louis Smith for making this incredible bottle! Less than 300 cases were produced! Don't miss it!