02 Sep Morlet Family Tasting Wed. 9/6
Wednesday, September 6
5 to 7pm
In our Event Space
Join us as we welcome special guest Sriti Fusillo from Morlet Family Vineyards in Saint Helena for a special edition tasting! Luc Morlet is in the fifth generation of a French winemaking family. He grew up in France working on his family’s estate went on to study winemaking himself. In 2006, he and his wife started their own winery and the quality level was incredible from their first vintage. Attendees of this tasting will have the fortune of sampling the entire lineup below!
“Run, don’t walk – take your checkbook or credit card out and splurge for the Luc Morlet Wine Express.”
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
2013 Morlet Family Vineyards “La Proportion Dorée” Sauvignon Blanc
On Sale $69.99
One of the finest blends of its kind, the La Proportion Dorée (Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and a dollop of Muscadelle) reminds me of a California version of the limited production Château Haut-Brion Blanc, even though that wine has less Semillon and no Muscadelle. The 2013 Proprietary White La Proportion Dorée is composed of 67% Semillon, 31% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle from 29-year-old, dry-farmed vineyards. There is only a single cluster per shoot, which results in tiny yields. The wine is barrel-fermented with frequent lees stirring. A killer white, it is full-bodied with notes of caramelized lemon candy, honeysuckle, candle wax, flowers and tropical fruit marmalade. Crisp and fresh with the oak pushed to the background, this amazing white wine should drink well for at least 4-5 years, possibly longer.
95 Points, The Wine Advocate
2012 Morlet Family Vineyards “Coteaux Nobles” Pinot Noir
On Sale $62.99
Luc Morlet produces between 450 and 650 cases of three cuvées of Pinot Noir, all of which come from the second ridge from the Pacific Ocean in the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard elevations range between 1,000 and 1,250 feet. All of them come from suitcase field selections of Pinot Noir, largely sourced from the most famous domaine in Vosne-Romanée. About one-third of the aging process is in the larger 500-liter wood pungeons, and the rest in smaller barrels. The wines are also bottled without fining or filtration. The 2012 Pinot Noir Coteaux Nobles displays meaty, spicy, clove, nutmeg and earthy notes intertwined with ripe plum and black cherry fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and lots of spice. Drink now-2025+.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate
2012 Morlet Family Vineyards “En Famille” Pinot Noir
On Sale $69.99
(fermented entirely in puncheons): Medium red, a bit darker than the Coteaux Nobles. Less fruity and spicy on the nose today, with the strawberry and cherry aromas currently dominated by mocha, graphite and leather. Much tighter in the mouth as well, but showing a lovely balance between its savory earth and brown spice elements and its deep red fruits. Best today on the long finish, which reveals sweet tannins and a light touch. Try this with squab with foie gras en papillote, says Morlet.
93 Points, Stephen Tanzer
2012 Morlet Family Vineyards “Mon Chevalier” Cabernet Sauvignon
On Sale $169.99
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mon Chevalier emerges from a site in Knights Valley, an area Luc Morlet knows well from his time at Peter Michael. Graphite, smoke, game, licorice, black cherry and plum – all signatures of this fabled sector of Sonoma County – come through loud and clear. Beams of supporting tannin and acidity give the wine its structural backbone. Powerful and searing in the glass, the 2012 is going to need a few years to come into its own. Dollops of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot round out the blend.
93 Points, Antonio Galloni