Pinot Noir, ‘Abbott Claim’, Ken Wright
Located in the Yamhill Carlton AVA Abbots Claim was planted between 2001-2003 to a size of just under 15acres. South southeast facing at 400-475ft of elevation on marine sediment.
The land on the flat top of Savannah Ridge was a complete mess fifteen years before Abbott Claim became the crown jewel in Ken Wright Cellars’ vineyard holdings. The property that Ken and Karen Wright purchased in the late-‘90s, their second personally owned vineyard property, was “an eyesore,” as Ken puts it, adding, “but we loved the location, the consistency of the soil and the supergentle slope.” The 50-acre parcel had been left to the whims of nature, which included the devastating, 1962 Columbus Day storm that wreaked havoc on the Willamette Valley landscape. After subdividing the parcel that began on the flat, 475-foot top of Savannah Ridge and spilled down its eastern flank, it took Ken and vineyard manager Mark Gould an entire year to clear the 16 acres on top and prepare it for planting grapes. They named the vineyard after the original Donation Land Claim owner, John F. Abbott.
The wines from Abbott Claim were quickly embraced by consumers and the press, and in December of 2014, after receiving 97 points earlier in the year, the 2012 Ken Wright Cellars Abbott Claim Pinot Noir was awarded the ranking of Number One Wine in the World by Wine Enthusiast. It was the first time ever that an Oregon vineyard or winery achieved that honor.