We had so many interesting conversations with Dan at Utopia Vineyard and Winery, not everything can fit into a 30 minute episode. So here is an extra where Dan breaks down his vineyard on the clones of Pinot Noir he planted in his vineyard and why he chose them.
Vitis vinifera is the species of grape that we most commonly use to make wine.
Within that species you have varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Some of these varieties are prone to mutations, little variations to the plant that make the grapes different.
Pinot is especially prone to these variations. You see this with the mutations of Pinot Noir to Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.
Beyond these major color variations there are small variations some created naturally, some propagated.
In the vineyard, when a viticulturalist sees a variation that they like, they take a cutting to preserve and propagate this variation.