Do you know about Pinot noir? Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grapes varieties known and has been grown for at least 2,000 years. Because of its long history, it has had more time for clones to develop. There are currently over 100 different types of this grape. Several of them were developed in the town of Dijon, France. During the early 1980′s, the word spread that these Dijon Clones existed, and several Californians went to France and came back with budwood, which could be used to grow new vineyards. Clones 5, 115, and 777 as well as Pommard clones were especially valued as they grew the best in California. The ongoing debate is whether these single clones make the best wine, or if the old selections are superior.
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