2013 Pinot Noir ~ Clone 777 Reserve
Our Clone Series was created to highlight the nuances that each Pinot Noir clone presents. 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 is actually made up of many subtypes, called clones. These clones can result in diﬀerent ﬂavors, intensity, color, etc. At Scheid Vineyards, we grow 20 diﬀerent clones of Pinot Noir. Clone 777 is one of the Dijon clones, so named because of the return address on the shipping container that held the original imported cuttings from Burgundy. It is characterized by small berries, which results in a more intense color than many Pinot Noirs, and good tannin structure suitable for aging. Winemaker Dave Nagengast has crafted an intense wine that is also elegant and reﬁned. Our Dijon clone 777 yields a dense and complex wine with highly structured tannins built to age. Handcrafted in minute amounts, this Pinot possesses exotic spice aromas, black cherry and cassis ﬂavors and a silky texture.