I have said before that I rarely get it right when it comes to Pinot Noir so I tend to avoid it on wine menus, especially if I don’t recognize any labels. That said, I am always open to recommendations from anyone regarding any wine at all. Seriously any wine :). Go ahead and give me a recommendation.
A friend had given me a wonderful wine, which was a Highlands Chardonnay 2012, Morgan Winery, Santa Lucia Highlands as a thank you gift. I immediately loved this wine so obviously wanted to buy more. While searching the wine aisles of Wholefoods with no luck, I asked one of their staff to find it for me, which he very kindly did while also raving about their Pinot Noir and recommended I should try it. Why not I thought? I only went to Wholefoods for one bottle of wine and left with six!
The Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot is a light to medium claret color. It is vibrantly fruity on the nose with aromas of sweet cherries, hints of liquorice and surprisingly cassis, which I usually relate to heavier reds like Cabs. There is brilliant wallop of fruits on the initial taste, which seems to last forever and lingers into smooth milk chocolate finish – quite powerful for a Pinot Noir. This Pinot is actually light but ridiculously lively in summer fruity, slightly sweet tastes. I can’t even tell you how wonderful this wine pairs with the stress of putting together a huge conference. It worked wonders for my not so sunny disposition while on an 8pm conference call.
I did end up pairing it with leftover turkey lasagna and it wasn’t half bad.
If you like fruity, lighter reds this one if fabulous!