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CedarCreek Platinum Clone 777 Pinot Noir
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16¾/20

CedarCreek Platinum Clone 777 Pinot Noir 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaClone 777 is one of three separate single clone pinot noir releases from CedarCreek this vintage, that provide a window into the differences between a trio of French Dijon clones 777, 667, and 115. All three are growing on the silty loamy soils of CedarCreek, high above Okanagan Lake inside the Home Block Vineyard. They were all fermented and aged similarly, making comparison an interesting prospect. A dampness and forest floor undercurrent mixes from front to back here, with smoky, herbal, black fruit. The flavours persist on the palate with the help of a dusting of baking spices and oak. This wine is built for rich bird/game dishes or autumnal mushroom menu items. A lot is going on here, and should appeal to those who prefer the more rambunctious New World style. Clone development is the physical process of identifying beneficial traits in individual grapevines or vineyards, taking cuttings from those vines, including budwood, and then propagating it over several growing seasons until you have a good reservoir of the parent material. The clones in these releases are all Dijon Clones, developed at the University of Dijon from the 1950s onwards.Tasted: 14 August 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 135.00 winery online/direct 3-bottle clone set Producer: CedarCreek Estate WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Pinot NoirUPC: 778913800375