100 years from now, there is a chance that people might talk about a mythical vineyard on Parrett Mountain. Grapes from the site were made into pristine, suave, soulful whites and sparkling wines. Wines that needed patience and time to show its full potential. Wines with impeccable character. A nuanced and graceful North American Chardonnay.
Even though the vineyard has evolved through decades of massal selection, people were intrigued by the clones that were planted when it was first established in 2015. Was it Wente? Perhaps the “Dijons”? Could it be Mt Eden? Maybe something from Champagne? The answer is “yes” to all of the above, but that is not all ….
For in the afternoon of 5 March 2014, a white cooler filled with quarantined bud sticks was delivered to a nursery in Aurora, Oregon. It was grafted and eventually planted. It became a critical component in establishing clonal diversity in the vineyard.
These were the “Secret Clones” … and few ever did know where these sticks originally came from …