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Wine Advocate Score: 96
Vinous Score: 95
Jeb Dunnuck Score: 96
The wines from Luc and Jodie Morlet have gained a feverish following here at Hi-Time. While their Cabernets and Chardonnays have garnered the limelight and were featured on our “Top Wine” lists in the past, this year it is one of their Pinot Noirs that has us salivating! Coming from a small vineyard in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA on the Sonoma Coast, this property sits at 1,100 feet in elevation, and is on just the second ridge from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard is above the fog line and enjoys long, sunny days, yet temps remain cool throughout most of the growing season. This gives the vines time to produce perfectly mature and ripe grapes, and Luc Morlet sorts the fruit berry-by-berry when they reach the winery, ensuring that only the best make it into the finished wine.

JEB DUNNUCK 96 POINTS - "The 2018 Pinot Noir En Famille is the most fresh, lively Pinot Noir in the lineup and offers a more medium to full-bodied, vibrant style to go with notes of spiced mulberries, black cherries, smoked earth, graphite, sappy flowers, and forest, piney nuances. With terrific balance solid mid-palate depth, and both building tannins and acidity, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will drink well for a decade. While the other two Pinot Noirs are fermented in a mix of puncheons and stainless steel, the En Famille is fermented all in puncheons."

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "The En Famille Pinot Noir comes from a vineyard planted in 1990 to Goldridge soils, right next door to the 'Coteaux Nobles' vineyard in Fort Ross-Seaview. Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2018 Pinot Noir En Famille sashays out of the glass with gorgeous scents of cranberry jelly, pomegranate and raspberry preserves, leading to suggestions of underbrush, dried lavender and orange peel. The full-bodied palate is densely laden with red fruit preserves and earthy layers, supported by very finely grained tannins and tons of freshness, finishing with a refreshing lift. 360 cases were made."

ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - "The 2018 Pinot Noir En Famille is fermented and aged exclusively in puncheon. It also has a brighter aromatic profile that works especially well here. Mint, blood orange and red/purplish berry fruit resonate with notable energy and vibrancy. This southeast-facing site yields a Pinot of real distinction."
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