2017 Morgan, Rosé of Grenache, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County.
Morgan Winery, a Monterey classic, best known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay offerings also does a studied selection of Rhone wines, these include two wonderful Syrah(s) and a Cotes du Rhone blend, as well as this French style dry Rosé of Grenache. There’s a lot of excitement at Morgan these days and a new vigor in their step, with their Sam Smith, winemaker, crafting some amazing wines from Dan Lee’s Double L Vineyard and other top sites in mostly the Santa Lucia Highlands. The Rosé is made from 100% Grenache, it was direct press and picked to be dry Rosé, making for a vibrant and crisp pink with stony detail and pure Grenache juicy flavors. The hue is lightly pink and pale with a touch of orange on the edges from the short maceration and the palate is vivid and bright with watermelon, wet rock, citrus, rosewater, a touch of raspberry and sour cherry. This brisk Rosé is wildly refreshing and easy to love, great on it’s own as well as a nice companion to Summer fare, it pairs great with seasonal salads and is especially brilliant with sand under your feet watching a warm sunset. These 2017 vintage Morgan’s are looking like a great collection of wines, if you’ve not had this winery in a while it’s a really good time to check them out again.
($22 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive

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