November 12, 2007

Morgan Twelve Clones

Bill Dowd photo

I 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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