More than any other varietal, Pinot Noir expresses the nuances of site, growing conditions and clonal selection. At Scheid, we grow 20 different Pinot Noir clones on six different vineyards, all located within the cool climate area of Soledad and Greenfield.
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, therefore, is made up of many subtypes, called clones. These clones can result in different flavors, intensity, color, etc. Crafting multiple small lots of Pinot Noir wine each vintage allows us to choose the most distinctive barrels and showcase them in our Estate Grown Pinot Noir.
Our 2017 just might be one of the most expressive and inviting Estate Pinot Noirs we have ever produced.
Everything about this wine screams cold-climate vineyards. The nose is a bouquet of vivid fruit aromas, balanced with delicate rose notes. Flavor highlights include raspberries, spice and subtle oak throughout the lingering finish.
|Varietal(s)||100% Pinot Noir|
Located 120 miles south of San Francisco lies the deep Monterey Submarine Canyon. This submarine canyon brings a constant upwelling of cold, nutrient rich waters to the surface of Monterey Bay, making it one of the richest and most biodiverse marine habitats in the world.
This cold, upwelling water chills the air, which creates fog that flows down from Monterey Bay into the Salinas Valley, cooling the vineyards and giving Monterey County the longest growing season of all of California’s famed viticultural districts. This cool fog often lingers over the vineyards until mid-day. Then as the sun warms the valley floor, the fog burns off and the warm air rises, drawing in a cool, reliable ocean breeze over the vineyards and preventing the grapes from overheating in the hot California afternoon sun. The cooler temperatures and longer growing season allow the grapes to ripen slowly and develop rich and intricate fruit flavors while preserving crucial acidity.
Scheid Vineyards has been growing high quality grapes in the middle of this viticultural sweet spot since 1972.