|Owner(s)||Chris Shown, Matt Shown, Sheree Shown|
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A family operation with Chris Shown managing the winery's vineyards, Sheree Shown contributing her palate for blending decisions, and son Matt Shown acting as the winemaker. Chris grew up on vineyards in Napa, California, before heading north to Oregon. Matt studied horticulture at Oregon State and worked harvests in Oregon as well as New Zealand.
The family's 66-acre farm is located just northwest of Eugene and includes 6 acres of Pinot Noir, 4 acres of Pinot Blanc, and ½ acre of Riesling. The estate vineyard was first planted in 1997 and the winery label launched in 2008. Current production is 2,000 casers.
The winery's modern tasting room is above the production space below with building overlooking estate vines. the and picnic grounds are located in Junction City, Oregon.
2015 Brigadoon Lylee Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., pH 3.55, 500 cases, $23..This is the first bottling from the estate vineyard each year and is meant to be a fruit forward and approachable representation of the vineyard. Average vine age is 12 acres and average yield is 2.7 tons per acre. New oak is kept at a minimum (10%). Clones are Wädenswil, Pommard and Dijon 115 and 777. Aged 0.5 months in French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The nose is pleasant but nondescript even with vigorous swirling. Mid weight plus in style, with a core of boysenberry and blackberry fruits that are tightly wound. There is a balancing firm tannic backbone and a fruit filled finish. This wine shows considerable potential but requires decanting or more time in bottle for most appreciation. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, this wine was more polished and giving than the Taproot bottling. Score: 91-92. Reviewed June 25, 2017 ARTICLE »
2015 Brigadoon Taproot Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., pH 3.54, 200 cases, $40. A winemaker’s barrel selection, usually ones from the vineyard’s oldest vines, a block of Dijon 115 and Wädenswil clone Pinot Noir planted in 1997. Clones are Wädenswil, Pommmard and Dijon 115. Average yield 2.7 tons per acre. Average vine age is 16 years. Aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 37% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine is intended for cellar aging. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The nose is rather shy and primary at this early stage. Aromas of black cherry, cardamom, clove and splintered oak. Full and lush on the palate in a mid weight plus style featuring flavors of blackest cherry and blackberry. Still tight, with balanced tannins, a fortuitous acid backbone, a deft touch of oak, and a modest finish. This sappy wine will appeal to bold fruit lovers. Decanting or more time in bottle is suggested. Still a bit foreboding when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 91-92. Reviewed June 25, 2017 ARTICLE »