Compare and Contrast Pinot Noir Clones

Comparw and Contrast Pinot Noir Clones

Have you ever picked up a bottle of Pinot noir and wondered what “Dijon clone” and “777” meant?  Check out the below video to get a fun introduction about  what grape clones are, where Pinot noir is grown, what Dijon clones are, and then learn by comparing and contrasting some of the more popular clones found in California and Oregon. The end of the video includes a fun experiment to challenge your taste buds! Watch the video to compare and contrast Pinot noir clones.


For best viewing,  select “Full Screen” after the video loads otherwise it will be hard to read!! Then, click the forward buttons to move through the video.

Update as of June 18, 2012…and if you are looking for the perfect opportunity to compare and contrast pinot noir clones, check out Willamette Valley’s Pinot noir Clonal Wine Tasting Kit! This would make a fun experiment.

~Pamela Heiligenthal


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


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  2. Sandra L. December 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM - Reply

    Loved the video, thanks. A Pinot Noir clone party sounds like fun!

  3. Greg Gordon December 28, 2010 at 1:24 PM - Reply

    Slick video. I know very little about pinot so thanks for the introduction.

  4. enobytes December 28, 2010 at 6:27 PM - Reply

    Thanks Sandra and Greg, glad you enjoyed it! ~Pamela

  5. David Vergari December 29, 2010 at 8:56 AM - Reply

    Wonderful video. Kudos! Where the clones are grown is really the acid test, if you’ll forgive the expression!

  6. enobytes December 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM - Reply

    Thanks David!

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