Bill Dowd photoI was served this California red blend to accompany a spectacular cioppino Executive Chef Andrew Plummer of McGuire's in Albany, NY, whipped up for a private luncheon interview. It actually includes 12 different clonal selections of pinot noir.
• Morgan 2006 Twelve Clones:
Grapes grown on Morgan's organically farmed Double L Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Salinas County make up 40% of this pinot noir blend.
It is as broad in notes as the cioppino is in seafood ingredients: tobacco and leather, cherries and blackberries, roses and spices. A nicely constructed wine with rounded, medium body, a clean finish and versatile enough to go with complex foods.
It retails for about $25.
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