VOLUME 10, ISSUE 29
April 22, 2016
Saffron Fields Vineyard
Owned by Dr. Angela Summers and Sanjeev Lahoti, both chemical engineers, hail from Houston, Texas. They became wine enthusiasts and made their first trip to the Willamette Valley in 2003, not knowing much about the area other than the fact that Oregon was a great place for Pinot Noir. They met with a realtor to look for properties with vineyard potential and found a grass seed farm on Laughlin Road in Yamhill. Four months later, they bought the property which is located close to WillaKenzie Estate, Lenne and Deux Verts Vineyard.
While they developed the property, they made trips a few times a year and stayed in a small shack on the vineyard. They planted their first 12 acres of Pinot Noir (Pommard) in 2007, and 12 additional acres in 2009 (Dijon 777, 115 and 2A).
The initial grapes were purchased by winemaker Tony Rynders who became their winemaker. The vineyard is managed by Results Partners LLC.
The historical Laughlin Dairy barn on the property was taken apart and the wood salvaged. Half the wood was used in the construction of a tasting room. The tasting room opened in September 2013. Named the Jewel Box, it contains the owner's personal collection of contemporary art and will house art exhibits as well. A Japanese-style garden was created, in addition to two ponds, extensive decking, an orchard, vegetable garden and sculpture garden.
Case production has increased from 50 to 900 cases in 2012. The wines are sold on the website. Two acres of Chardonnay were planted in 2012. Grapes are sold to Roots and EIEIO wineries.
The tasting room is open daily at 18748 N.E. Laughlin Road in Yamhill.
Articles About Saffron Fields Vineyard
2013 Saffron Fields Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir
13.4% alc., 300 cases, $40. Released September 7, 2015. 39% Yamhill-Carlton, 33% Eola-Amity Hills, 17% Chehalem Mountains, and 11% Ribbon Ridge. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very shy nose, offering a hint of cherry fruit, but mainly woodland flora. Light to mid weight flavors of cherry, pomegranate, toasty oak and woody spice. Delicate, with suave tannins, and some uplifting cherry goodness on the finish. Score: 88. Reviewed February 5, 2016 ARTICLE »
2013 Saffron Fields 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 ARTICLE »
2013 Saffron Fields 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 ARTICLE »
2010 Saffron Fields Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District 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 ARTICLE »
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