Luc Morlet has an amazing portfolio. Replacing John Kongsgaard at Newton at one point, winemaker at Staglin, and of course Peter Michael was the big “ticket” on his portfolio. Today he acutually consults at Peter Michael for his brother Nicholas Morlet. Today he of course is known as the winemaker for Carte Blanche, Vineyard 7 & 8 and of course his OWN label MORLET! Luc has a nose for great vineyards and he only uses the best in his own label. I tasted with him a few days ago and came away with WAW (What a “bunch” of Amazing Wines!), and a nice guy on top of that!
Morlet 2009 “Coeur de Vallee” Beckstoffer-To-Kalon (95 Points RP)
I know it is expensive, but this is in the range of the BEST Bordeaux’ and top-notch collectibles you have ever tasted. The Coeur de Vallee translates to “the heart of the Valley” and it really is the heart, the very best! This vineyard is of course unique and “famous” for its prime location and many great wines that have been produced from this estate. This 2009 is probably one of the most complex wines from Napa to date! Full in body, an amazing palate that is lush, gorgeous and complex. The start to finish is more like reading a long complex book with many intriguing chapters along the way. The nose is expressive, the flavors elegant and complex the finish long and sensual. The production very small!
Morlet 2009 “Mon Chevalier” (95 Points RP)
Mon Chevalier (or my Knight) is located on the hills of Knights Valley, near Calistoga. This wine has a real dark hue of purple. It is very intense on the nose and palate. Loaded with complex black stone fruit, chocolate, anise and a hint of lavender. Amazingly full bodied, complex yet extremely well-polished and elegant. The wine dances over your palate like a top-notch ballerina in Swan lake. The hillside tannins are complex yet elegant. This is a wine that will last a good 15+ years!
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