The Wilkens Family purchased Abbey Road Farm in 2017 with a vision to marry all aspect of this working farm and have transformed the property into one of the Willamette Valleys premier destinations for wine, lodging, and entertaining. It is fitting that the best barrels of the 2019 vintage make up the Wilkens Family Wines Pinot Noir Reserve.
In the glass it is on darker side of ruby almost garnet when swirled a dense viscosity is reveled showing promise of things to come. Nose is rich and fruit forward with blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, and a dash of five spice. Mouth feel is rich, bold, and all elements are well integrated. Finish is full bodied medium long.
Rainnsong Vineyard – Lower Long Tom AVA Bellpine Soil, Sustainably farmed since 1982. Pommard and Wadenswil Clones.
Carlton Hill Vineyard – Yamhill Carlton AVA Willakenzie soils. Live Certified sustainably farmed. 115, 777, Pommard, Wadenswil clones.
Upon receipt grapes were gently destemmed into ¼ ton fermentation bins. Temperature was kept below 50 degrees for a 3-5 day cold soak after allowed to come to temperate slowly as fermentation occurred naturally not allowing to go above 85 degrees fermentation extended for 6 days. Minimal post fermentation maceration of 3 days for a total of 20 days on the skins. Free run juice went directly into barrel while skins were slowly pressed retaining the remaining juice. Combination of new and neutral French oak barrels were used and the wine had an 18-month elevage. The Wilkens Pinot noir will always be the best barrels of the vintage and only produce in the best years. 46 cases were produced.