Beaux Freres the Upper Terrace Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir 2002
A hotter than usual August and September, coupled with drying east winds led to a slightly early beginning to harvest. The growing season was terrific and our vineyards experienced some unbelievable Indian Summer days kept the temperatures in the 80's. We began picking the young vine fruit at our new property on September 23rd and continued from there into The Beaux Freres Vineyard finishing on October 9th. With only a brief rain in the middle of that time period harvest took place under warm and sunny weather that lasted until the end of the month. All of this sunshine and warmth resulted in very high sugars with many lots coming in between 25 and 26 degrees brix, with one lot reaching an astonishing 27.5 degrees brix. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Oregon these are numbers attained only once or twice a decade. A further benefit of all of this fine weather was that we were able to spend extra time evaluating each vineyard block and to harvest at a relaxed pace. Fermentations were steady and clean, most being conducted using native yeast. Upon completion of fermentation the wines were pressed to barrel were they will spend a total of ten months before being racked out for bottling. The 2002 is difficult to compare with our previous eleven vintages, but for those who have followed our wines, it may represent a hypothetical blend of the 1994 and 1999. It is truly a big wine. Yields were 1.7 tons per acre in 2002, and the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered after twelve months in 80% new French oak casks, and two months in tank. Anticipated maturity: 2005-14.
Average Total Production | 4 - 6 thousand cases Wine varietal(s) | Pinot Noir, Grenache Winemaker | Michael G. Etzel Name of Proprietors | Michael G. Etzel, Robert M. Parker, Jr., Robert Roy
External Reviews for Beaux Freres the Upper Terrace Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir
Big and ripe, a mouthwatering wine with tingly acidity bringing harmony to a wash of plum, blackberry, cherry and dusky spice flavors, which persist on the fine-grained, not terribly tannic finish... Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2002 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir The Beaux Freres Vineyard 750ml