- Pinot Noir Clones: Pommard 5
- Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley
- Harvest Date: Early September
- Block: North
- Brix at Harvest: 24.7
- Total Harvest: 6 tons
- Yield: 3 tons per acre
The O’Connell family has farmed in western Sonoma County since 1913. Once famous for apples, the O’Connell’s Vine Hill Road property now includes four acres of premium Pommard clone Pinot Noir. Dan and Jan O’Connell live amongst their vineyard and apple orchard, with deep personal involvement in every aspect of farming.
The North Block sits atop a knoll with a westerly exposure and the Gold Ridge clay soils within a meter of the surface. This vineyard aspect is ideal: it provides protection from early frosts in the spring, permits dry farming in the summer, and promotes even ripening in the fall. The vines are planted on a traditional five-foot by eight-foot spacing (1,089 vines per acre), and are trained to double cordons with 20 clusters per vine.
The Pommard clone is the only Pinot Noir cultivar initially selected from a single vineyard site in France, the famed Pommard Winery. This clone is world renown for its famous concentrated black cherry and currant fruit aromas, its mid-palate structure and silky smooth finish.