Pommard arrived in the 1940’s as a box of cuttings sourced from Pommard France, where it is one of the most widely planted clones of pinot noir and produces the classic big Burgundies. Pommard, our oldest blocks, was planted in 2007 on the gentle slope of our grass seed land and thrived in our marine sedimentary soils. Pommard makes up the backbone of our Yamhill-Carlton and Heritage Clones labels. Pommard produces a velvety wine with intense red fruit, earthy character and ripe tannins. This wine pairs well with herb roasted beef tenderloin, crown roast of lamb, peppercorn steak (au poivre steak), and braised beef.
Wadenswil is a pinot noir clone named after Wadenswil, a small town in Switzerland. David Lett brought a carload of Wadenswil clone to Oregon in the 1960s. Selected for its excellent ripening in a cool climate and natural disease resistance. Planted in 2009, Wadenswil thrived in our marine soils, rewarding us with big clusters of dark blue grapes. The wine made from Wadenswil has strong floral aromatics and bright red fruit flavors. This wine pairs well with roasted duck, honey lemon chicken, pork, and turkey.View Wines in Shop
One of the first official French clones of pinot noir, 115, was planted at Saffron Fields in 2008. 115 is one of the Dijon clones named after the French town in Burgundy. Each Dijon Clone has its own personality and responds differently to the site where planted. Our 115 produces small, tight clusters of strong purplish grapes. Wine made from 115 exhibits a perfumed nose and balanced structure with notable tannins. As a single clone bottle, it has an aromatic profile of black cherries, leather, and roses combined with flavors of cherries, blueberries, boysenberries and anise. This wine pairs well with roasted poultry, chocolate cake, and custard.
The French clone of pinot noir, 777, was planted at Saffron Fields in 2008. 777 is one of the Dijon clones named after the French town in Burgundy. Dijon Clones respond strongly to the local terroir, so their personality represents the site where planted. Our 777 produces small, compact clusters of intensely colored grapes with powerful, highly structured tannins. Wine made with 777 has finesse and power with dense and complex black fruit flavors (black cherry, cassis) and leather, tobacco, and earthy notes. This wine pairs well with wagyu steak and rack of lamb.
667 is one of the Dijon clones named after a French town in Burgundy. Dijon clones are known to have a personality that is strongly influenced by terroir and climate. Our 667 produces big, tight clusters of strong purple color. Wine made with 667 exhibits dark cherry, raspberry, strawberry, and spice flavors reminiscent of a deep Christmas spice mix (allspice, nutmeg, clove) with soft, yet structured, tannins. Not available at this time.
A French clone of pinot, 943, produces dark purple berries in small, open clusters. So prized by the French when first developed that they demanded a royalty payment for every bud sold in the US. Wines made from 943 are very dark purple, elegant, and softer than wines from other pinot noir clones. The aromas from 943 can be described as ethereal, while the flavor has smooth, soft tannins with intense flavors of red berry fruit. Not available at this time.