94 Wine Enthusiast
Fine lines of toast and lemon curd make for a focused yet full nose on this bottling from organic grapes. There is tremendous tension to the grippy palate, where lemon and grapefruit-peel flavors cut through the white-fleshed fruit core.
You may have read previously of my preference for partial malolactic fermentation in Chardonnay, and while that’s a general way that I bend, if the fruit is picked at the right time “full malo” can work just fine, serving to tame the acid without going into the butter/greasy zone. Such is the case here, with rich lemon creme and tropical notes riding a creamy texture that finishes crisp with a mix of moderate oak toast and lemon zest. Morgan keeps turning out the hits.
93 International Wine Report
A stunning Chardonnay from the Double L Vineyard that is aged for 9 months in 31% new French oak barrels. It’s a ripe, textured, and wonderfully balanced Chardonnay exploding with plenty of salted citrus, fresh pineapple, Honeydew melon, sweet cinnamon stick, and toasted almond characteristics and shows a classic, cultivated style of the 2020 vintage as well as typical fruit-forward characteristics that you find from the Santa Lucia Highlands. 398 cases produced.
94 pts. Notes of pineapple, toffee, and toasted brioche are echoed on the palate by dried pear and ...
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