Wine Profile & Ratings
Clone 777 has been one of the more ‘lively’ of the three clones of Pinot Noir that we currently
grow. The aromas offer strawberry, cola, and cinnamon on the nose. On the palate, the wine is very well balanced,
displaying a soft, velvety texture with a vibrant beam of acidity which provides a wonderful structure for such an
elegantly framed wine. I find the wine is a little darker on the palate than on the nose, offering flavors of raspberry,
black cherry, and cola leading into a long, smooth finish.
Monticello Vineyard is located on Big Ranch Road, and is the main winery estate anchoring the
five vineyards we work with, spanning the length of Napa Valley. It is an 80 acre property planted to super-premium
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Monticello is sustainably farmed.
Single-Vineyard, Single-Block, Single-Clone. Our 2018 Pinot Noir was hand-picked, then
destemmed and berry-sorted on the crush pad. Fermentation lasted 10 days with the wine drained and pressed at
dryness. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 14 months. 1/2
new French oak. Barrel selection was completed at 10 months aging, 4 months prior to bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
Grilled Salmon, Roasted Turkey
MUSIC PAIRING: Dave Brubeck, Thievery Corporation