The newest vineyard addition to the EIEIO portfolio thanks to a long-term friendship with Tony Rynders, the person who put Domaine Serene on the map. This is a field blend of Pommard, Wadensvil as well as most of the numbered clones with yields substantially less than two tons per acre. Aromas belie the 2011 vintage as it shows rich depth and a bouncing juxtaposition between red and black fruits from bright cherry, strawberry to dark cherry, hickory smoke, and brown sugar. One word to describe this wine; generous, in regards to the fruit and oak and texture. The entry is breathtaking; a maniacal menagerie of deep dark stone fruits with an overlay of blackberry and fig compote. There is a great expansiveness on the palate with flavors of butter sautéed plums and peaches with caramelized edges tapering back in for a linear finish dominated by notes of orange peel and red plum jam. This wine just gets flashier and sweeter with time, showing just about everything it has to offer after an hour or so. No wooing required. Open and enjoy now. If only everything in life was like this wine.
Wine Advocate Review
92 Points – The Eieio 2011 Pinot Noir Saffron Fields displays amazing depth considering that the vines are only around a half dozen years old. McDonald credits this to expert management (by Daniel Fey, who also tends Coats and Whitney as well as Gregory Ranch) of “a phenomenal site;” but it’s also noteworthy that his bottling reflects primarily the Pommard and Wadenswil vines from that site (also planted with three Dijon clones). Beef blood, iodine, smoky black tea, bone meal and crushed stone mingle with dark cherry and plum on a silken palate, leading to a long finish of exuberant juiciness, marrowy richness, saliva-drawing salinity, and caressing feel. I would expect this to thrill through 2022, though don’t miss out on experiencing its youthful performance as well. – David Schildknecht