Possibly the finest wine we have yet made from this hillside vineyard, the 2002 Beaux Freres is an atypically powerful, opulent, flamboyant offering. Dense ruby/purple with a dramatic display of blackberries, cherry liqueur, new saddle leather, toast and hints of licorice as well as underbrush, this full-bodied wine has revealed a seamlessness since its early days in cask. Rich, yet with introspection, serious tannin/structure can be found beneath the wealth of fruit and extract. A very big wine, 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.
"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."
"Full red. Enticingly sweet aromas of black raspberry, tobaccco, flowers, camphor and chocolatey oak. Supple, spicy and very lively, with sappy, concentrated flavors of red fruits and flowers, complemented but not dominated by oaky torrefaction notes of chocolate and coffee. Ultimately less thick than the Upper Terrace, but also more delicate and sophisticated, with sharper definition and more obvious backbone, and more successful integration of oak. This, too, offers impressive mid-palate energy for Oregon pinot noir, particularly one at this level of ripeness."
International Wine Cellar