Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Tasting notes: The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 delivers with generosity and sophistication. A deep potpourri of candied cherry, Asian spices and incense lift gracefully from the glass. Silky, with notions of blue and red fruits, fresh fennel, and juicy cranberry, the wine is supported with a depth of composed tannins that deliver a remarkably grand, mouthwatering finish. There is a level of tension at its core, indicating nearly timeless potential for cellaring.
98 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Aromas of crushed strawberries, cherries, dried flowers and sweet spices. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins and bright acidity. Lively, fresh and vibrant, with a juicy and silky texture on the palate. Spicy character, too, following through to a long, savory finish. Unfiltered. Drink or hold.
The Domain: Beaux Frères is one of the earliest and now leading wineries in Oregon, founded by Michael G. Etzel, and brother-in-law (“Beaux Frères” in French) wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr in 1986. Located on an 88-acre farm, Beaux Frères resides on the most prestigious terroirs of Willamette Valley. Since their first vintage in 1991, the Beaux Frères philosophy remains the same; to produce a world-class Pinot Noir from small, well-balanced yields and ripe, healthy fruit representing the vineyard's essence. Beaux Frères has had biodynamic and organic practices since 2002.
In 2017, Maisons & Domaines Henriot embarked on a partnership with Michael Etzel acquiring Beaux Frères.
In the summer of 1986, my young family and I began on a journey that, in our wildest optimism, never thought Beaux Frères and our Oregon wine industry would be on the center stage with the fine wine industry. I believe our success is a lesson for anyone with a dream: follow your heart. – Michael G. Etzel, Founder, and CEO