Ken Wright Cellars 2017 "Abbott Claim" Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, OR, USA
Ken Wright Cellars 2017 "Abbott Claim" Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley
Winemaker / Chef du Cave: 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.
Ken Wright Cellars was founded in 1993 and its first vintage was produced in 1994. Prior to creating Ken Wright Cellars, Ken founded Panther Creek Winery in 1986 and made wines there from 1986 through 1994. In 1993, Panther creek was purchased by Ron and Linda Kaplan, the current owners. Ken Wright Cellars’ first building was an old brick building, a former glove factory, which the winery shared with Domaine Serene Winery. The 1993 through 1996 vintages of Domaine Serene wines were made by Ken Wright Cellars for Domaine Serene.
Located in rural Carlton, Oregon, Ken Wright Cellars is devoted to showcasing the inherent quality of selected vineyard sites. With a clarity and breadth that is unequaled by other varieties, the people at Ken Wright cellars believe Pinot noir best expresses the character of these sites. Rather than stamping wine with a varietal trademark, they see Pinot noir as a vehicle for conveying the aroma, flavor and texture of the location in which it is grown.
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