Mon 1 Feb 2010
I’ve been meaning to make the Morgan Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Monterey County, a Wine of the Week for, well, weeks now, but finally this week is, well, the week.
As far as quality/price ratio is concerned, Morgan’s Sauvignon Blanc is habitually one of the Bargains of the Cosmos. For 2008, the wine is a blend of 86 percent sauvignon blanc (including a large percentage of the fragrant musqué clone) and 14 percent semillon. The wine ferments in stainless steel and then 85 percent is transferred to French oak, only 8 percent of that new oak. This careful regimen results is an intensely floral and spicy sauvignon blanc with a suave, almost cushy texture balanced by stirring, crisp acidity — marching feet, flags waving and so on — and a flinty, shale-like element. The bouquet weaves lime and grapefruit, green pea and a hint of bell pepper with seductive notes of jasmine and orange blossom. The citrus character increases in the mouth, while a few minutes in the glass bring in hints of dried thyme and grass and a touch of semillon-inspired leafy-fig. Terrific with shrimp risotto. Excellent. About $15.