Texan chemical engineers Sanjeev Lahoti and Angela Summers began planting transforming a grass seed farm near WillaKenzie Estate into vineyard in 2007, calling it Saffron Fields as a tribute of Mumbai, Lahoti’s native region in India. Renowned winemaker Tony Rynders emerged as one of the first customers for their third-leaf fruit from marine sedimentary soils, and in 2010, he began making wine for them — a collection of clones 115, 777, Pommard and Wädenswil. This marks their first substantial release, and it’s a flashy, gorgeous Pinot Noir opening with aromas of black plum, dark cherry, cocoa, toast and anise. The palate is magical with a delicious core of concentrated black fruit, surrounded by supple tannins and bright acidity that lifts it to satiny finish.
Production: 180 cases
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