Thursday, April 12, 2018

Wine Review: Morgan Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2015

Morgan Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2015

Dan and Donna Lee founded Morgan Winery in 1982 in Santa Lucia Highlands (before it was an AVA). They were named Winery of the Year in 1996, and in 2001 they became the first Certified Organic property in Santa Lucia Highlands. I'll be reviewing three wines by Morgan starting with their 2017 Monterey Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah, and 2015 Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay.

The 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah is 87% Syrah, 9% Grenache, and 4% Tempranillo. It's from enough of Santa Lucia Highlands to be labeled as the AVA, but some is also from the fellow Monterey district and neighbor Arroyo Seco. After being fermented on open top tanks with manual punch-downs, it's transfered to French oak barrels (24% new) to see fifteen months of barrel aging. The final product has a 14.4% ABV.

As soon as I popped this guy open I got assaulted with the aroma of strawberries. In the glass the color of the wine is a garnet that's leaning more towards purple than red. Now the strawberry is still there on the nose but it's not as concentrated. There's more violets and blackberries leading the way in aromas, and then strawberries and vanilla.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with sweet tannin, a rich mouthfeel, and a brilliant acidity that livens it all up. The minerality of crushed stone on the palate is the feature that demands the most attention, and then there's flavors of plum, blackberries, a chocolate heavy caffè mocha, and white pepper. Then it finishes with blackberries and mocha, strawberries on the coat-tails of acidity brightening, and a little bit of surprise heat.

This is a $22 Syrah? Yup, it gets a well earned a Recommendation. That's some good juice.

Price: $22
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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