2019 Saffron Fields

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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 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 a wine with blockbuster potential. 

The 2019 Saffron Fields displays the structural elements of the site, a massive and dense wine that still manages a supple mouthfeel.  For all of the intensity, this isn’t just about the power. Intriguing aromas of black cherries and raspberries, plum compote, and nutmeg emerge immediately, supported by a distinct saline/rocky core. The tannins, while present, are ripe and fine, supporting a minutes-long finish that is broad and expressive.  Decant this now to reveal the magic or let it grow in the cellar. 

100 % Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Production, Saffron Fields Vineyard



Open Top Fermentation

33% Whole Cluster Fermentation

25% New French Oak

Aged 16 Months


93 pts. James Suckling

 Plums and dried fruit with some cinnamon undertones, following through to a full body with fine, creamy tannins and a juicy finish. Nice and attractive ripe fruit in the center-palate. Drinkable now, but better in a year or two.

Full Specifications

  • Alcohol %: 13.6
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton
  • Vineyard: Saffron Fields
  • Clone: Pommard (Old Clone)
  • Cases Produced: 45

Why Oregon Pinot Noir?

A delicate and profound Pinot Noir that embodies the essence of that magical marriage of site and grape.

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