Vineyard: Saffron Fields

Saffron Fields
OwnersAngela Summers, Sanjeev Lahoti
AppellationYamhill-Carlton District
StoryAngela Summers and Sanjeev Lahoti are chemical engineers and wine enthusiasts from Houston, Texas, who purchased this former grass seed farm in 2003.
Dates Planted2007, 2009, 2012 (Chardonnay)
Acres14
LocationOn Laughlin Road in the Yamhill-Carlton District close to WillaKenzie Estate, Lenné, and Deux Verts Vineyard.
Aspect28-acre "saddle" on top of a hill with south-southwest facing slopes with elevations of 275 to 400 feet.
SoilsBelpine, Willakenzie, Richreall and Steiwer, all ancient marine sedimentary soils over sandstone and siltstone.
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Noir
Clones115, 777, Pommard, Wädenswil (2A)
Rootstock101-14, 3309
Trellis Spacing7' x 4'
ManagersResults Partners LLC

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2014 Saffron Fields Vineyard Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 300 cases, $40. Release November 1, 2016. Estate fruit plus sourced fruit to reflect the region including five of the six sub AVAs of the Willamette Valley. Aged in French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is rather exuberant with aromas of blackberry, black raspberry and toast. Silky in the mouth, with flavors of darker berries and cake spices. Forward and easy to drink in a light to mid weight style, with soft tannins and a pleasing finish. Score: 90. Reviewed October 19, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Saffron Fields Vineyard Heritage Clones Yamhill-Carlton Oregon Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 500 cases, $45. Release November 1, 2016. 100% estate grown Pommard and Wädenswil clones. Aged in French oak barrels, 33% new. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Leading off are aromas of blackberry jam, earthy flora and a hint of vanilla. A glorious mid weight plus core of dark fruits arrive on the attack with luscious richness and follow through with a well-sustained mid palate, finishing long and generous. Despite the generous sap, the wine is light on its feet with submerged tannins and exquisite balance. Still highly pleasurable the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93. Reviewed October 19, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Saffron Fields Vineyard Heritage Clones Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 501 cases, $50. Released September 7, 2015. 100% Saffron Fields Vineyard. Pommard and Wädenswil clones. Aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose opens slowly to reveal enticing aromas of ripe strawberry, black cherry pie glaze, and dark red rose petal. The black cherry, black raspberry and mushu plum sauce flavors are front and center in this mid weight plus offering that combines pleasing extraction with well-honed and balanced tannins. The finish is particularly notable, with power and length that goes on and on. A charming wine with the guts to age. Score: 93. Reviewed February 5, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Saffron Fields Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 700 cases, $55. Released September 7, 2015. Flagship bottling of 4 clones (Pommard, Wädenswil, 115, 777) from Saffron Fields Vineyard. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 39% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is quite engaging, with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, tea leaves and cassis. Juicy and flavorful, offering notes of blackberry, black raspberry and blueberry fruits with an earthy underpinning. The fruit is very expressive and expansive in the mouth, supported by well-concealed, finely ground tannins. The fruit seems to have been picked at the peak of ripeness. Score: 91. Reviewed February 5, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Roots Saffron Fields Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $40. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. A raft of blackberry, black raspberry and black cherry fruit fuels a very pleasurable nose and palate. Mid to full-bodied, with an attention-getting grainy mouth feel, and plenty of finishing goodness. Plenty of harmony and pleasure at work here. Score: 92. Reviewed July 6, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Roots Saffron Fields Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 72 cases, $40. Pommard clone. Aged 18 months in new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Black plum and blackberry aromas are overlaid with notes of toast and coffee grounds. Soft and smooth in the mouth, with flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, spice, dark chocolate, and Hoison sauce with a floral bent in the background. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the nose offered more purple fruits, less oak and a floral bouquet perfume, with the palate remaining unchanged. Score: 88. Reviewed September 3, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Roots Saffron Fields Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 74 cases, $35. · Evocative perfume of black cherry pie glaze with hints of oak and slate. Delicious, deeply flavored essence of perfectly ripe dark cherries nicely spiced with a complimentary note of oakdriven mocha. Striking flavor on entry, expanding in waves on the palate, and finishing with a taunting, memorable intensity. Still great two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle when I finished the bottle with dinner. Exceptional. Reviewed November 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Saffron Fields Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $48. Vinified by Tony Rynders. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Very fragrant reminiscent of fresh blackberry jam. Juicy and easy to drink, with a tasteful array of berry flavors backed by a complimentary barrel presence. Broad in the mouth with good ripeness, supple tannins. a very soft and velvety mouth feel, and a generous, fruit-driven finish. This vineyard is very impressive in 2010 (see also 2010 Roots Saffron Fields Pinot Noir). Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »