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2013 Pinot Noir ~ Clone 115 Reserve
Welcome to our Clone Series, unequivocal proof that we are huge Pinot Geeks. At Scheid Vineyards, we grow 20 different clones of Pinot Noir on six of our estate vineyards. What do we mean by “clone”? Grapevines in general, and Pinot Noir vines in particular, are genetically unstable and can mutate slightly over time. Each grape variety, therefore, is actually made up of many subtypes, called clones. These clones can result in different flavors, intensity, color, etc. Add to the clonal equation the significant influence that vineyard location has on the temperamental Pinot Noir grape and you can understand why Pinot Noir evokes such passion in its devotees. Our Pinot Noir Clone Series was created because, like all obsessed Pinot Geeks, we care deeply about the different nuances that each clone presents. Although crafting the best Pinot blend from an array of clones is very gratifying, some of our clones produce stunning stand-alone wines. Thus we began taking the best individual clonal lots – only 3 to 5 barrels each – and bottling them in our Clone Series. This single clone, single vineyard bottling is a true reflection of the terroir of our Viento Vineyard as well as the exquisite Dijon clone 115 with elegant rich aromas, exotic cherry flavors, and a supple texture. The palate has a lingering finish with soft tannins that enhance this rich and structured wine.