This focused, elegant Chardonnay has a lovely texture and superb balance. It showcases aromas of tropical fruit, ripe pear, creme brulee, and hazelnuts. You might even pick up notions of sage and smoke. On the palate, flavors of lemon and yellow peach are complemented by a light touch of butterscotch and refreshing minerality and bright acidity.
Peach, nectarine, citrus blossom, sage and smoke.
Coming from a small town in the Central Valley of California, Dan Lee had prepared initially for the study of veterinary medicine. It was late in his career at the University of California at Davis that he discovered enology satisfied his interest in both science and agriculture. Immediately enrolling in the graduate enology program at Davis, Dan completed his studies and was hired at Jekel. After becoming winemaker, he sensed that Monterey County was ideal for the cultivation and production of world-class wines. It was at a meeting of the Monterey County Winegrowers Association that he shared his vision with a banker, Donna, who encouraged him to open his own winery. In addition to becoming his business advisor, that banker would also become Dan's wife. Though Morgan was founded in 1982, Dan and Donna Lee's dream of buying a property for growing their own grapes and providing a building site for their permanent winery came true in the fall of 1996. The 65-acre property in the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands is perfect for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the two cornerstone wines of Morgan Winery.
Incredibly food-friendly, the 2008 Highlands Chardonnay is a perfect match with cream-sauced pastas, roast chicken and pork, and seafood. Since it is Dungeness crab season, consider making one of my family's all time favorite foods, my Famous Roast Garlic Crab. The crab will work fantastically with the Chardonnay's tropical fruit aromatics, and wonderful texture.
Morgan Winery has a tasting room in Carmel open every day.