Beaux Freres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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Beaux Frères is owned by three partners : Michael G. Etzel, Robert M. Parker, Jr. and Robert Roy. Michael is the winemaker, and brother-in-law of Robert Parker. In 1990, the first crop was harvested and Michael sold the grapes to well-known Oregon winemakers Ken Wright and Dick Ponzi. Beaux Frères' first release was 1991. The goal at this estate is to produce world-class Pinot Noir from small, well-balanced yields and ripe, healthy fruit that represent the essence of their vineyards.

The Willamette Valley cuvée features fruit grown on select vineyard sites in the Northern Willamette Valley. The sites are farmed sustainably and managed to very low yields. Aging takes place in the same French oak barrels used in their estate bottling, however the percentage of new oak is intentionally lower. This wine is not fined or filtered. This wine consists of fruit from the following vineyards: Gran Moraine and Shea, from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, and the Zena Crown Vineyard located in the Eola-Amity AVA.
Category Red Wine
Country United States
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Brand Beaux Freres
  • st91

International Wine Cellar Highly perfumed aromas of blackberry and candied cherry are complemented by suggestions of lavender and licorice. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering weighty dark berry and ripe cherry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Expands and deepens on the finish, which features supple tannins and suave floral pastille qualities.

Stephen Tanzer
  • ws89

Wine SpectatorTaut, exhibiting good density to the blackberry and floral flavors, without excess weight. Shows depth and intensity, with fine tannins on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2018. 2,500 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, October 31, 2014