2018 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, are genetically unstable and can mutate slightly over time. Each grape variety is made up of many subtypes, called clones. These clones can result in different flavors, intensity and color. 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 Clone Series 777 is dense and complex, with highly structured tannins built to age. Handcrafted in minute amounts, this Pinot possesses aromas of black cherry, currant and raspberry, with a subtle oak influence of vanilla and mocha notes.