Sierra Madre Vineyard: Plantings
Originally planted in 1971, Sierra Madre Vineyard is now home to 91.4 acres of Chardonnay, 64.22 acres of Pinot Noir, 11.97 acres of Pinot Gris and 5.8 acres of Pinot Blanc.
Most of the original vines were replanted by then Byron Winemaker, Ken Brown. Because of Pinot Noir's extreme clone sensitivity, Brown was meticulous in his quest to combine each desirable rootstock and clone, to create a veritable winemaker's candy store of combinations. This allows Sierra Madre customers the opportunity to work with their preferred combination, or to use different combinations as components to make a more complex finished wine.
Chardonnay clones include 4, 6, 15, 17, 76, 95, RY and Wente. Rootstocks are 5C, S04, 101-14, and Free. Chardonnay History and Selection at FPS (reprint from the Foundation Plant Services (UC Davis), Grape Program Newsletter 2007)
Pinot Noir clones include 5, 2A, 115, 667, 777, 828 and 459. The Pinot Noir is planted on 5C, 5BB, S04, RG, 110R, 1103P, 459 and 101-14 rootstocks.