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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.
2017 Morgen Long Willamette Valley Chardonnay
12.75% alc., pH 3.27, TA 0.64, RS 0.5 g/L, 172 cases, $25. Black label. 25% each Seven Springs, Durant, AlexEli and Yamhill vineyards. Dijon 95, 76, and 34 to 37-year-old clone 108. Native yeast fermentation, full MLF. Aged 6 months in French oak barrels, 10% new and transferred to stainless steel for six months. Lightly fined with bentonite before a gentle lenticular filtration. Black label. · Very light golden yellow color in the glass. Pleasing aromas of baked apple, spice, white flower blossom and toast lead to a bright, fresh and clean-styled wine that is citrus driven and shot through with an arrow of acidity. There is an appealing steely and briny quality to the wine and a cleansing, dry finish. Score: 91. Reviewed July 8, 2019 ARTICLE »
2017 Morgen Long Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Chardonnay
13.0% alc., pH 3.26, TA 0.65, RS 1.4 g/L, 67 cases, $60. Dijon clones 95 and 76 planted in Jory and Nekia volcanic soils. After whole cluster pressing, the juice was lightly chaptalized and underwent native fermentation, 100% MLF. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 33% new, then transferred to stainless steel for a second winter on the lees. After six months in steel, a light fining with bentonite was followed by bottling unfiltered. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Harmonious aromas of lemon zest, brioche and caramel. Noticeably viscosity on the palate, with flavors of poached pear, lemon-lime, Golden Delicious apples and a hint of vanilla. Classy juice that has plenty of welcome acidity and length of flavor. Score: 93. Reviewed July 8, 2019 ARTICLE »
2017 Morgen Long Willamette Valley Chardonnay
13.0% alc., pH 3.37, TA 0.624, RS 1.3 g/L, 50 cases, $120. White label A selection of two and a half barrels from Seven Springs Vineyard that benefited from twice the lees and more frequent stirring during aging. Clones 95 and 76 planted in Jory and Nekia volcanic soils. The whole cluster pressed juice was lightly chaptalized and fermented with native yeasts. 100% MLF. Aged one year in French oak barrels, 44% new, and then blended in stainless steel for a second winter on the lees. A light fining with bentonite led to bottling unfiltered. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromas of lemon oil, apple pastry and nutty oak lead to a satisfying wine that is crisp and bright due to hi-strung acidity.. Flavors of lemon-lime, apple, honey and vanilla culminate in a boisterous finish that attracts another sip. Very similar to the Black label bottling but a step above. Score: 92. Reviewed July 8, 2019 ARTICLE »
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 »