Way down in what’s known as the “South Valley” closer to Eugene is a somewhat untapped corner of the Willamette Valley. It’s not that the land is any less ideal for growing Pinot Noir, it’s just that further away from Portland and so remains a bit neglected. (And land can still be had for shockingly low prices – take note all you vineyard dreamers.) A few noteworthy producers are emerging from this area: Tyee Cellars, Benton Lane, Broadley and Antiquum to name a few. Well go ahead and add Brigadoon to that list because I recently discovered this fine winery and I’m excited to share it with you! It’s a family business through and through – established by Chris and Sharee Shown with their sons Matt and Nick doing the winemaking and vineyard work.
Their Pinot Blanc is a very nice white wine with more than meets the eye.
From Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
“This delightful wine, principally fermented in neutral oak, and aged sur lie, offers lovely details of apple flesh and skin, white melon, a hint of daikon radish, and the pinpoint persistence that is the mark of superior winemaking. Pinot Blanc can go in various directions in Oregon, but this bright and acidic wine really shows the way to a style that is at once drinkable, complex and food friendly. 91 pts.”