This is a polished representation of the Wadenswil clone. High-toned aromas of ripe, sweet wild strawberries intermingled with fresh roses and freshly turned earth, leading into flavors of juicy sour cherries and fresh picked blackberry. There is a mouthwatering sweet, yet fruit-leather-like flavor of strawberry in the core with homemade caramel sauce on the side. With time, a hint of candied rose petal aromatics emerge. The finish lingers with graceful intensity of cardamom dusted fresh plums. This wine encompasses the perfect elegance of Pinot noir. Sophistication over power.
The O’Donnell’s of Belle Pente Vineyard + Winery in Carlton introduced me to this site almost two decades ago, back before I had any money to buy any land. I met Brian and Jill O’Donnell in the early nineties while volunteering on the Carlton Lake Restoration Project. They knew I was in the market for a nice vineyard site after we all made wine together as “home winemakers” in both 1993 and 1994 with grapes procured from Maresh and Murto Vineyards. Brian knew some of the neighbors of this beautiful bench of a site and they informed Brian of the pending sale. Obviously and unfortunately, I did not end up buying the piece but a great couple did: Angela Summers and Sanjeev Lahoti.
Angela and Sanjeev were in the right place at the right time and serendipitously enough, bought the property around ten years ago and set out looking into what to do, when to do it and with whom. They ended up hiring Results Partners to develop and manage the site, Tony Rynders to make their wine, Richard Shugar to build their amazing art-filled tasting room and Hoichi Kurisu to transform the landscaping. Saffron Fields is a must see, must taste, must feel, must relax and must buy place when you are next in Yamhill County. Tony Rynders, a great friend since 1998 introduced me to the owners who gave me access to a few of the acres within Saffron Fields. The rest is positive Pinot history.
The 2012 Vintage was and continues to be amazing. This vintage is very similar to the 2002 vintage in Oregon in that it tasted great upon release and continues to taste great even at close to 14 years of age! This was a Goldilocks’ vintage and as a result, so long as you did not overly manipulate the wine, the result should be a perfectly balanced beverage.