2018 Saffron Fields
Pommard Clone, Yamhill Carlton
The stunningly beautiful Saffron Fields lies on the Eastern edge of Yamhill Carlton, nestled above Shea Vineyard to the south. The vineyard was planted in 2007 on a promontory 400 feet above sea level by Dr. Angela Summers and Sanjeev Lahoti with high density Pinot Noir vines that have been sustainably farmed since. Our blocks at Saffron utilize Pommard, a sought-after and early-ripening clone known for its intense inky spice and meaty character. The combination of lower elevation and an orientation that maximizes mid-day sun makes Saffron Fields our warmest and earliest-ripening site. Pairing the early-blooming and powerful Pommard with Saffron’s substantial heat makes for wine with blockbuster potential.
The 2018 Saffron Fields was split between open top vessels and large concrete tanks, helping to integrate the pronounced structural elements of the site, creating a rich and supple mouthfeel. Enhancing the Saffron’s natural savoury-spice characteristics, 33% of the clusters were left whole during fermentation and the wine was aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak. The resulting wine is powerful and robust yet focused and elegant. Intense aromas of black fruit, damson plum, clove, and orange zest jump from the glass, with supporting accents of fresh-tilled earth and cedar. The tannins are supple and fine, sustaining a lengthy finish that is expressive and broad. This is just lovely right now, but will undoubtedly show new dimension with short-term cellaring.
(Jeb Dunnuck – 91-93)
90 Cases Made.