Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2018

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140 | MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS V ISIT u S AT MORRELLWINE .c OM cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) N e W W o R l D: C A l IF o RNIA Ma K i NG T H e Yea R ' S T OP Pi NOT N O i R T he San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir comes from a vineyard that runs adjacent to the San Andreas fault line, where over millennia, the combination of geological events, weather and the constant grind of tectonic plates has created a complex mix of soils that is unheard of throughout most of the world. From this vineyard, Hirsch farms 61 individual parcels, each one treated differently than the other, from farming to vinification, to further accentuate the unique terroir of each block and deliver pure, site-specific Pinot Noir. o nce the selection of fruit is completed, the berries ferment 10% whole cluster which adds even further textural depth, before aging in French oak, of which only 27% is new. What emerges is a Pinot Noir of impeccable balance, purity and structure. In fact, the most amazing thing about the San Andreas is how incredibly beautiful it already is. Yet how many years of development are in store for the patient collector. ✦ Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir San a ndreas Fault 2014 W&S 95 » $56 Year's Best Pinot Noir 2017 from Wine & Spirits Magazine "... undeniable sense of place, capturing coastal breezes and this sedimentary ridgetop soils in the tight weave of its tannins– the fruit caught halfway between cherry and stone, cool and shady, yet hinting at vibrant rays of sunshine..." (1705280) a P ROJ e CT OF Pa SS i ON i t all started with Jonata. No one really believed that a group of high-powered investors could create a cult label that would fetch prices north of $100 a bottle in Santa Barbara, yet Jonata proved them all wrong. m uch of this had to do with its winemaker, m att Dees, a graduate of the u niversity of v ermont, who came on-board with a degree in soil science and ended up creating what are today some of California's most highly sought after and acclaimed wines. l ucky for us, that this same group of investors were happy to let m att experiment and create a wine that would receive the same personal attention in the vineyards and winery as Jonata, but at a much more affordable price. That's how The Hilt came into being. In the Santa Rita Hills, m att sought to create Pinot Noir that would communicate the intricacies of terroir. The maritime influences of the Pacific added the extended yet balanced growing seasons he needed to achieve depth and textural layers, which would guarantee a long life for his wines in the cellar. l astly, add in m att's talented touch in the winery and a palate for restrained elegance, and what you get is The Hilt's o ld Guard Pinot Noir. ✦ The Hilt Pinot Noir Old Guard Santa Rita Hills 2015 VM 96+ » $69 or texture, it stays lively and elegant. It will have 10-15 years of longevity." Antonio Galloni (1705464)

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