Overview of the Wine
Luc Morlet represents the fifth-generation of a French winemaking family. Growing up in Avenay-Val d’Or, he spent all his spare time working on his family’s estate. His university studies of viticulture and winemaking were put into practice during years of work in vineyards and wineries in Burgundy, Bordeaux, and the south of France.
When Luc left France in 1996 to join his wife Jodie in her native California, his goal was to adapt the old world principles he knew so well to his new home. The Morlet style results in wines which are harmonious in their intensity, richness, complexity and refinement. Morlet wines clearly display personality, seamless character and graceful ageing capability.
In 2006, Luc and his wife Jodie began crafting wines, in limited quantities, from unique vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma County, under the Morlet Family Vineyards label. In 2010, the couple restored a pre-Prohibition winery located in the beautiful St. Helena appellation, as their family’s winery. With over 20 vintages under his belt, and with his own zest for innovation, Luc uses century old principles and classic Burgundy and Bordeaux methods adapted to California’s natural conditions. Passionate for both the expression of terroir, as well as for the continuous pursuit of ultimate quality, Luc calls his winemaking philosophy ‘neo-classic laissez-faire without compromise.’
Grape / Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, California
This ultra-impressive Pinot launches forth with expressive notes of cherry, plum, and toasted almonds. The palate is silky smooth and delivers a galaxy of tightly wound plum, cranberry, kirsch and opulent strawberry. The finish is magnificent with profound layers of dark fruit, baking spices, and hints of creamy oak. Gorgeous and immensely enjoyable now (decanting recommended), the flavors will continue to expand gracefully for 5 – 7 years if you’re patient enough to wait.
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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 - Vinous
The 2012 Pinot Noir Coteaux Nobles is deep, powerful and explosive. Deeply spiced and aromatic, the 2013 possesses striking texture to match its soaring bouquet. Cinnamon, cloves, leather, tobacco, black cherry and plum are pushed forward in this succulent, deeply expressive Pinot Noir. Drink this dense, plush Pinot over the next handful of years. The 2012 is in a real sweet spot today.
92 Points - Stephen Tanzer
Medium red. Wild, Burgundian aromas of raspberry, pomegranate, licorice and spices. Intensely flavored and savory, with lovely spicy lift to the raspberry coulis flavor. Finishes uncompromisingly dry, with lovely length and lingering perfume. Morlet bottled his pinots ten days before my visit, but this wine is already appealing, perhaps in part because he bottles with just 10 to 12 ppm of free SO2. Morlet recommends pairing this wine with quail or a rabbit ragout.
91 Points - Wine Spectator
Both firm and generous, with a mix of crushed rock, vivid berry, savory herb and black licorice notes. This is expansive midpalate on, gaining depth on the persistent finish. Drink now through 2022.
Product size: 750ml
From a private seller.
Slight bin stain.