Morlet 2018 'Ma Douce' Chardonnay, Fort Ross-Seaview

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99 Points Parker                                                          

Morlet makes some of the most coveted wines in Sonoma and all of California. These are some of the top-scoring wines of the vintage. Limited.

99 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2018 Chardonnay Ma Douce (which is named after winemaker Luc Morlet's wife) shows a more racy, focused style compared to the Coup de Coeur and has gorgeous notes of caramelized lemon, orange blossom, white flowers, spice, and toasted bread. Coming from the Fort Ross-Seaview region of the Sonoma Coast, it has a touch of marine-like salinity, full-bodied richness, flawless balance, and a monster of a finish. It's another riveting Chardonnay from Morlet that will evolve for 8-10+ years. This cuvée was aged 14 months in 25% to 33% new French oak.

97+ Points Robert Parker: "Ma Douce comes from a vineyard in Fort Ross-Seaview—not far from Marcassin Vineyard. It is planted mainly to Old Wente clone selection. A barrel sample to be bottled in February 2020, the 2018 Chardonnay Ma Douce has a provocative savoriness on the nose with loads of nutty/yeasty notions over the core of lemon curd, key lime pie and candle wax plus wafts of honeysuckle and marzipan. Medium-bodied, the palate has loads of zip and zing, with the intense yet elegantly expressed citrus fruit offset by a lively line of acidity, finishing long and mineral laced. 425 cases are due to be made."

In St. Helena, the heart of the Napa Valley, Luc and Jodie Morlet handcraft vins de terroirs and unique cuvées from the surrounding Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast. Meticulously farmed vineyards and low-intervention winemaking techniques produce powerful yet refined wines displaying personality, complexity and graceful aging capability. By taking Old World principles and adapting them to California, the Morlet style results in wines which are harmonious in their intensity, richness and refinement. Unwavering commitment to quality leads to small yields, attentive sorting, and the highest standard when blending. Thus, a very limited amount of each wine is produced.

Type: Chardonnay

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