Vineyard: Saikkonen

OwnerSaikonnen Family
AppellationRibbon Ridge
StoryA family owned vineyard located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. Planted in 2002, it is located in the rolling hills southwest of Newberg, Oregon, sitting at an elevation of 400 feet sloping down to 200 feet. Southeast facing. Clones are Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon 777 and 667. Vineyard manager is Stirling Fox.
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2014 Guillén Damián Winemaker’s Cuvée Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 140 cases, $40. Sourced from 3 vineyards: 40% Vista Hills Block F (667), 20% Meredith Mitchell (Pommard), and 40% Saikkonen (Pommard). No cold soak, 13-day native yeast fermentation, 100% whole cluster, basket pressed, aged on the lees 11 months in French oak barrels, 20% new Francois Frères. Racked twice, after the completion of MLF and again before bottling. Filtered. A meticulous selection of the best barrels in the cellar offering harmony, complexity and mouthfeel. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Gorgeous nose with effusive aromas of black cherry jam, dark red rose petal, pine sap and spice. Impressive fruit presence offering an array of purple fruits and plenty of spice. Somewhat forward, with appealing elegance, harmony, and firm, but lacy tannins. Score: 92-94. Reviewed December 12, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Guillén Family Saikkonen Vineyard Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $45. Pommard clone planted in 2003. Vineyard is adjacent Brick House. · Moderate dark reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely appointed nose, offering aromas of purple fruits, spice, bark and ground almonds. Great potential for this mid to full-bodied wine that offers appealing intensity of boysenberry, cassis and black plum fruit flavors backed by firm, ripe and well-proportioned tannins and racy acidity. Score: 90-92. Reviewed December 12, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Guillén Adrián Reserve Cuvée Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 125 cases, $60, Sourced from 3 vineyards, 100% Pommard clone: 40% Vista Hills Block G, 20% Saikkonen, and 40% Meredith Mitchell. Native yeast fermentation using 100% whole clusters. Basket pressed and aged on the lees in 100% lightly toasted new French oak barrels for 11 months. The wine was racked twice after MLF and again before bottling. Filtered. 100% Pommard. Jesus’ attempt to mimic DRC. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of plum, boysenberry, exotic spice and wilted dark rose petal. Vibrant purple fruits tread lightly on the palate in this juicy wine. Inviting integration of oak, fruit and oak tannins, and acidity. This wine will need a few years to fully evolve and display its engaging character, but it has purposely been built for longevity. Score: 93-95. Reviewed December 12, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Roots “The Dude” Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 50 cases, $35. Sourced from Saikkonen Vineyard in Ribbon Ridge. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Attractive scent of fresh cherries and baking spice. Light, juicy and elegant, but a bit shallow and flat with modest flavors of cherries and raspberries backed by soft tannins. May just be tight, but it doesn’t wake up my palate. Decent. Reviewed November 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »