Morgan Winery’s 2010 Twelve Clones Pinot Noir has made Wine Spectator Magazine’s Top 100 Wines for 2012. This is the second year in a row that a Morgan wine has made the list. Morgan’s 2009 Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay was included in the Spectator’s Top 100 Wines for 2011.

One of the most anticipated wine reviews annually, the Spectator’s Top 100 is considered a Who’s Who of the best and brightest in the industry. Making this prestigious roster requires a combination of several factors: quality, value, availability and the “X-factor”- a benchmark wine or a significant milestone for a wine region.

The 2010 Twelve Clones Pinot Noir is drawn from the finest vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, including Morgan’s own organically farmed Double L estate. In the 2010 vintage, Double L grapes accounted for 56% of the final blend. The “Twelve Clones” designation denotes the original diverse Pinot plantings at the Double L. Suggested retail price is $32.00 a bottle and 10,000 cases were produced.

Connoisseurs’ Guide – 90 Points
“Although oak may at first leap to the fore in its nose, this very solid working smacks of brooding young fruit as well. Its flavors are a little more open and accessible, and they convey plenty of juicy, well-ripened black cherries and a nicely fit complement of creamy oak lends a bit of extra richness. It is long and sustained at the finish and shows just enough grip to make us believe that its best may be a few years away, but, make no mistake, this is a thoroughly tasty Pinot right now.”

Wine Spectator – 92 Points
“Well-crafted, tight and structured, with firm, gripping tannins keeping the zesty, tart wild berry, blackberry and date-nut bread flavors in check. Drink now through 2020.”

Wine Spectator – Top 100 – 2012