Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great weekend. The weather around the area just seems perfect right now: not too hot but just warm enough! If you missed pictures from the vineyard last week, here you are! We look to have more pictures up this Friday! I cannot explain how excited we are for this opportunity. It has been a long time coming, bouncing the ideas back and forth for the last three years. We appreciate the unyielding support we have received! There is a lot of excitement building for Fall, 2013. It may seem like forever away right now, but when you follow the life of a wine, you will see two years fly by!
Within the Pinot Noir grape there are hundreds of different clones. Some of which are from the wild, some from certain origins in Europe and others from a lab bench at UC Davis. Which is better? Eh. I could choose each answer and make a solid argument as to why they are the best choice for winemaking. As it pertains to MSix Wines, we are making our clonal selection based on the site and the characteristics we desire in our wine.
Many people have asked me, “Why Pinot from Napa? It’s too hot in Napa for Pinot.” On the whole, they are correct. But there are always exceptions to the rule. The vineyards site we are sourcing our fruit from has portions of the vineyard that are cooler than Carneros (a quintessential Pinot Noir appellation in Sonoma) and others that are hotter than Oakville (a notorious hot spot for great Cabernet Sauvignon on the Valley floor). The mild daytime temperatures coupled with the low temperatures during the night and resident fog blanket during the early morning hours, creates a perfect situation where Pinot Noir thrives.
On to the clonal selections! We will be producing wine from the Pommard and Dijon clonal groups. The cliff notes version of the clonal differences and attributes we are looking for for our wine: the Pommard clone is thought to have originated from town of Pommard which is in the Cote d’Or in Burgundy, France. It gives great structure to wines with solid acidity and tannins; this will be the backbone of our wine. The Dijon clonal family we have selected is from the town of Dijon, just north of Pommard and the Cote d’Or. These clonal selections give a fruit-driven palate with great expressiveness of the vineyard location and soil composition; this will be the depth and complexity of our wine. It is our belief that the utilization of both clonal selections will add to our Pinot Noir’s complexity, creating a wine with great structure as well as a great palate with depth and solid fruit characteristics.
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