Beaux Freres Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir Yamhill County Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2007
Since their inaugural vintage in 1991 the goal at Beaux Frères has remained the same: to produce a world class Pinot from small, well-balanced yields and ripe, healthy fruit that represents the essence of their vineyard.It was Michael Etzel who discovered the property in 1986, then an 88 acre pig farm for sale on Ribbon Ridge in the Chehalem Valley, Yamhill County. After some deliberation he bought it with his brother-in-law, Robert Parker and moved from Colorado with his family. 1991 saw the arrival of a third partner, Robert Roy, and a renovation of the barns led to the creation of Beaux Frères Winery. Beaux Frères have two vineyards: Beaux Frères itself and The Upper Terrace. Beaux Frères is obviously the estate vineyard, steep, contiguous south-east, south and south-west facing hillsides of Willakenzie soils at elevations of around 400ft. The Upper Terrace is an adjacent parcel on the crest of the hill north of the Beaux Frères Vineyard and is on south-east facing hillsides. This Pinot Noir is dark ruby in color with a pure sweet nose of black cherries, a hint of strawberry and white flowers along with a waft of forest floor. Some of the characteristics are similar to the 2005 vintage- the vivid aromatics, plush, sleek texture and the seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. This is a Pinot Noir at its sexiest and most feminine. Still, it is a medium to full bodied wine of substance and surprising length. Somewhat reminiscent of the 1995 but far more concentrated fruit and to our mind dramatically better wine. We attribute this to the extensive work in the vineyard and the experience we have gained in the twelve years that have elapsed. This wine may be drunk in its youth, but has the concentration and balance to age gracefully for 10-15 years.
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
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Our 2007 Willamette Valley wine shows a delicate medium ruby color and very expressive aromas consisting of sweet cherries, a walk through the woods and a splash of white flowers. It consists of wine made from the following vineyards: Beaux Freres, Shea, Upper Terrace, Zena Crown, Amalie Robert and Carabella. The wine represents one of the silkiest and most feminine styles we have made to date. There is no lack of concentration but the equilibrium of all the elements seems to be the chief hallmark of this very successful vintage. The balance which is always so critical is there. The tannins are unobtrusive and extremely silky. This is a real crowd pleaser, a very lush and beautifully supple Pinot Noir for the fan of instant gratification.
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Dietary Information: Organic