This site is a portion of the original John F. Abbott Donation Land Claim and lies in the middle of Savannah Ridge, a small east-west ridgeline of sedimentary rock just east of Carlton. This is a consistent broad face of land with soil depths of 30 inches to mother rock. Elevation ranges from 400′ to 475′ and the inclination is S-SE. Soils are mostly Wellsdale with some areas of Willakenzie, Melbourne and Peavine. All of them lie atop mother rock of fractured sandstone and siltstone. The planted acreage totals 16 acres. Vines are roughly an equal mix of Pommard clone on Riparia Gloire rootstock, 777 on 101-14 and 115 on both 101-14 and 3309. The vineyard is managed by Mark Gould of Ken Wright Cellars.

As would be expected from a vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton District the wine is richly colored, savory and complex. Fruits tend to be darker such as plum skin, cassis and black cherry.

Abbott Claim Vineyard Overview



An early vintage for us, with wet conditions for the rest of the Willamette Valley.

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  • 2017 Global Pinot Noir Masters | Master’s Medal (95+)
  • 2017 Savor NW Wine Competition | Silver Medal
  • 2016 Jefferson Cup | Silver Medal
  • 2016 Oregon Wine Competition | Silver Medal
  • Wine Enthusiast | 92 Points
  • Wine Spectator | 91 Points
  • Vinous | 91 Points
  • Robert Parker | 90 Points


An ideal vintage with consistent yields and nearly perfect fruit.

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  • 2016 Oregon Wine Awards | Double Gold Medal
  • 2016 International Wine Competition | Silver Medal
  • 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards | Silver Medal
  • 2015 Jefferson Cup | Medal of Excellence
  • Wine Enthusiast | 94 Points
  • Vinous | 92 Points
  • Wine Spectator | 91 Points