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2011 Morlet La Proportion Dorée (750ml)
Producer: Morlet Family Vineyards morletwines.com
Appellation: Sonoma County - California - United States
Type: red
Varietal: Sémillon - Sauvignon Blanc - Muscadelle
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$65.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: January 10, 2014 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
95 points "The most distinctive and unique is the 2011 Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc La Proportion Doree, a blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc. The Semillon comes from a Dry Creek vineyard planted in 1953 in loamy and gravelly soils. The Sauvignon Blanc is from Alexander Valley. Morlet's reference point would appear to be the white wine made at Laville Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion. This remarkable, honeyed white offers hints of citrus oil, candle wax, tangerine skin and oranges. A wine of great intensity, texture and body, it is a dry, complex white that spent ten months in French oak. It should keep for a decade, although I doubt if purchasers will be able to keep their hands off of it for that long. Tanzer -- 94pts Bright yellow. Fascinating, soil-driven aromas of citrus peel, silex, botanical herbs, licorice, minerals, bees wax and juniper, plus a whiff of oyster shell. Rich, tactile and dry, boasting outstanding density of texture with any phenolic roughness. Slightly edgy flavors of citrus zest and salty minerality build inexorably on the long finish, which also features a whiff of gooseberry. This is always among the handful of transcendent semillon/sauvignon blends being made in California today—wonderfully rich and layered wines that can easily hold their own against the dry whites from Bordeaux." Best 2013-2022