What is Clonal Massale?
An innovative viticulture technique changing the way Pinot noir is planted. Clonal Massale is essentially a hybrid of clonal selection and massale selection, where over 25 clones of Pinot noir, selected for a specific site, are mixed and planted randomly in a single block. This technique has evolved over two generations with four decades of evaluation and experience working with many different clones. Ponzi Vineyards now has over 30 acres of vines planted to clonal massale.
The Ponzi Vineyards Story
When it comes to American Pinot noir, few possess the rich history and experience of Ponzi Vineyards, one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries. Watch the Ponzi Vineyards story >>
Winemaker Luisa Ponzi on the 2015 Harvest
The 2015 vintage was one of exceptional quality. One of the earliest Oregon harvests on record, the warm and dry growing season helped the fruit to ripen early, avoiding any of the challenges a later harvest brings. The 2015 wines are marked by the ripeness of the vintage, with the Pinot noirs displaying beautiful color, dark fruit aromatics and nice structure. The white wines show nice freshness and aromatics more of the stone fruits: pears, nectarines, peaches. The most stunning fruit came from the oldest sites on Laurelwood soils. These vineyards were able to ripen more slowly in this...
What happens during harvest… well, you know the rest.
When you're burning the midnight oil in the midst of a fast harvest, things can get a little crazy. Luisa knew she had a plan for the next morning... somewhere.