.Morgan Winery’s Rich, Luscious Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir

Morgan is one of the better-known wineries in the Monterey Bay area. Consistently making great wines for nearly four decades, they have earned a well-deserved reputation.

Owner and winemaker Dan Morgan Lee found his path into the wine business when he was studying to be a veterinarian at UC Davis, but switched courses when he discovered enology satisfied his interest in both science and agriculture.

Some of his more special Pinot Noirs come from his Double L Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The 2017 Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir ($65) is a luscious treat. Rich with aromas of strawberry preserves, cinnamon, peppercorn, and a hint of herbs, it is augmented by flavors of tart cherry and savory spices. Dan Morgan calls it “an exquisite match for duck confit, lamb shank, and prime rib.” Wine Enthusiast awarded it 96 points.

Located in the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, this special area is widely regarded as “one of the best spots for growing top-flight Pinot Noir.”

With Easter just around the corner, the Double L Pinot would be a marvelous addition to your festive celebration.

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Morgan Winery, 204 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel-by-the Sea. 831-626-3700.

Wine from the Famous

So many famous people are wildly enthusiastic about wine—and are into putting their names on wine labels. Boz Scaggs (one of my all-time favorites) opened a winery in Napa; Drew Barrymore’s wines can be found in the Carmel Road Tasting Room in Carmel Village (excellent wines, by the way); Brad Pitt “took a leading role” in producing Fleur de Miraval Rosé Champagne; John Legend partnered with the very famous wine entrepreneur Jean-Charles Boisset to produce a Rosé wine called LVE (note: JCB, as Jean-Charles is known, has a very unique tasting room in Napa—all leopard-print bar stools and Baccarat crystal); Sarah Jessica Parker has Invivo X; and now Chris Miller of Marina’s Seabold Cellars is making wine under Gordon Ramsay’s Signature Wines label. And, of course, we all know about Francis Ford Coppola and Fess Parker.

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