Case of Clones
One aspect of understanding Pinot Noir is clonal selection. This unique set of single-clone Pinots explores this concept over four vintages, and includes some of the most widely planted clones in the Willamette Valley:
- Origin/Source: Morey St Denis (Cote d'Or)
- Cluster: Small to average, spherical or short elliptical shape; colorful.
- Profile: Medium to deeply red hued, with aromas and flavors of rose petal, red cherry, and black raspberry. Medium to full bodied, with soft tannins and balanced acidity.
- First planted in 1992; component in our Rebecca's Reserve and Cardiac Hill Pinots.
- Also one of the numbered clones from the University in Dijon, Burgundy
- Early ripening. Produces small clusters and berries. Wines have rich color and more tannins, with a very spicy profile.
- First planted in 2001. Usually blended into the Estate Pinot Noir.
- We like this clone! In 2019, we field grafted 0.6 acres of Muller-Thurgau over to 777, tripling our acreage.
- From Pommard, Burgundy
- Medium-sized clusters, often with shoulders
- Produces balanced, elegant wines suitable for aging
- One of the first clones of Pinot Noir brought into the US
- The first clone of Pinot Noir planted at Kramer Vineyards in 1984
- Present in our Estate, Cardiac Hill, Rebecca’s Reserve, and Heritage Pinot Noirs
- Burgundian in origin, this clone migrated to Switzerland, and is named after a municipality there. Commonly referred to as the Swiss clone of Pinot Noir.
- Medium-sized clusters with narrow shoulders
- A particular favorite clone of Yamhill-Carlton AVA growers
- Produces floral Pinots with focused fruit and broad tannins