2012 MORLET “LES PETITS MORLET” CABERNET SAUVIGNON

$95.00

NEW SCORE from Decanter: “Fresh acidities and singing black fruits here, this has a beautiful mixture of power and elegance from 5th generation French winemaker Luc Morlet. It’s intense in colour at 7 years old, with blueberry fruits to the fore. Intense and creamy – clearly one for long ageing but with enough seductive notes and floral aromatics that it can be drunk now after a good few hours in a carafe. The fruit comes from three sites in Knights Valley, St Helena and Andy Beckstoffer’s To Kalon. Unfiltered and natural yeasts, 100% new oak. An estate Morlet created with his American wife Jodie in 2006, but on the site of a former winery that didn’t survive Prohibition. “ Reviewed 11.01.19 – Decanter 94 POINTS

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Wine has always been a way of life for Luc Morlet. Born in France to a fifth-generation winegrower family, Luc grew up working on his family’s domaine, Pierre Morlet & Fils, in Champagne. After Luc earned Master Degrees in both Viticulture & Enology, he perfected his skills making Bordeaux style wines, under the guidance of consultant Jacques Boissenot… (World-Renowned Boissenot flourished in Bordeaux’s Médoc region, including first-growths Latour, Lafite Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Margaux.) …In the mid-90’s Luc married Jodie his American Sweetheart he met in Napa Valley, when he first crafted the highly-regarded the Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay. In 1996 Luc replaced John Kongsgaard as winemaker at Newton Cellars through 2000. In 2001 Luc joined Peter Michael Winery continuing the legacy of Helen Turley and Mark Abuert. Crafting Peter Michael from 2001 through 2005, Luc solidified himself as one of the most talented and accomplished winemakers in the world.

In 2006 Luc and his wife Jodie embarked on with their own label Morlet, crafting wines in limited quantities, sourced from unique vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma County.  His 2012 Les Petits Morlet Cabernet arose from younger vines grown on many of the properties that Luc works with.  Like many great 2012 Cabernets, the aromas are deep and hedonistic, and on the palate the wine is supple, complete and full of complexities.

Winemaker Luc Morlet
Winemaker Luc Morlet with his father working on his family’s domaine, Pierre Morlet & Fils, in Champagne