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Winemaker Seth Morgen Long, after fifteen years of experience in the restaurant industry, began studying wine with sommeliers. In 2009, he began assisting winemakers in the Willamette Valley and by 2011, he was traveling to Central Otago in New Zealand and the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. In 2012, he went to the Côte d'Or of Burgundy where he worked at Domaine de Montille.
Beginning in September 2014, he began buying small lots of Oregon Chardonnay from an old-school farmer, started Morgen Long Winery, and by 2016, he had obtained fruit from three unique sites in the Willamette Valley. His winery, Morgen Long is a fusion of his mother's family name, Morgen, and Long, his father's family name. The emblem on the logo represents Seth's awe of the energy of nature.
Seth is unique among Oregon winemakers in that he specializes in Chardonnay, using the old traditions he learned in Meursault. The wines are fermented and aged in French oak barrels, without addition of yeast, water, sugar or acid. Typically the lees are not stirred unless necessary. After 11 months, the wines are racked from barrel to stainless steel for an additional 4 to 9 months of aging on fine lees. The wines are racked once again just before bottling and are typically bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The wines are sold on the winery's website. Magnums are available.
2014 Morgen Long Yamhill Vineyards Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Chardonnay
13.0% alc., $49. This wine is crafted by Seth Morgen Long, a Portland-based wine broker and Chardonnay winemaker. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Nicely perfumed with striking aromas of lemon drop, white peach and subtle nutty oak. Satiny smooth, with high brow flavors of lemon, white stone fruits and vanilla creme. Adeptly fashioned and pleasing from the entry to juicy finish. Score: 91. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »