Morgan Winery

Owner(s) Donna Lee, Daniel Morgan Lee
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Daniel Morgan Lee is a University of California at Davis graduate who me his wife, Donna, at a meeting of the Monterey County Winegrowers Association. She encouraged him to open his own winery and together as husband and wife launched Morgan in their spare time in 1982. Lee was the winemaker at Durney at the time. In 1984 they moved into their own winery in Salinas and the first Pinot Noir was released in 1988.

The estate Double L Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands consists of 48.5 acres of different clonal selections of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Riesling. Neighbors are Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Rosella's Vineyard and Garys' Vineyard. The entry-level Pinot Noir is the Twelve Clones appellation blend. Single vineyard Pinot Noirs include Double L Vineyard, Double L Vineyard Hat Trick (three best barrels from this vineyard), Rosella's Vineyard, Garys' Vineyard and Tondre Grapefield.

Tasting room in Crossroads Shopping Center off Hwy 1 and Rio Road in Carmel. Open daily. The wines are available online.

Reviewed Wines

2006 Morgan Hat Trick Double L Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $45. · Fresh and breezy aromas of plums, grapes and flowers. Darker fruited and medium-weighted with a hint of raisin and a touch of citrus and oak on the finish. Nicely balanced but the fruit doesn’t have much life in the mouth. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2004 Morgan Garys‘ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc.. · Flamboyant aromas of ripe and exotic berries which faded slowly in the glass. Ripe cherry flavored with a taste of root beer and some citrus on the back end. The tannins have completely faded. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »