In 1998, my parents planted two of their favorite Pinot Noir clones -- Pommard and Mt. Eden -- on a special 4-acre block of Coastlands. They called it the 1906 Block because the original rancher who worked the land carved the date 1906 into an old oak tree overlooking the block at the time of the great San Francisco earthquake.
In 2014, we made two wines from these coveted vines: a Pommard Clone Pinot, which we released last fall, and a Mount Eden Clone Pinot Noir. While the Pommard Clone Pinot was a brighter, more red fruit driven wine, we love the Mount Eden Clone for its alluring depth, deep color, full tannins and luscious dark berry flavors.