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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2000
Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2000
(search item no. 51029)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An excellent vintage from Ribbon Ridge, our 2000 has a deep saturated ruby/purple color. Ripe black cherry, cola, and blackberry fruit dominate the bouquet. In the background a hint of spicy oak can be discerned. Still youthful, this medium to full-bodied wine has a layered palate, moderate tannin and a sweet, long finish. It is always difficult to compare one vintage to another, but 2000 may represent a hypothetical blend of 1998 and 1999. It is not as powerful, muscular or tannic as the 1998 nor as forward, charming and accessible as the 1999. It is a big wine and certainly ranks with our finest vintages to date: 1993, 1994, 1998, and 1999.
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About Beaux Freres Vineyard:

The Beaux Frères Vineyard is located on an 86-acre farm atop Ribbon Ridge in the Chehalem Valley near Newberg (Yamhill County, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA). Tall and stately Douglas fir trees cover nearly 50 acres of the farm, with homestead and winery buildings occupying another 6 acres. The vineyard is situated on 30 acres (24 of which are planted) of steep, contiguous southeast, south and southwest facing hillsides of Willakenzie soils at elevations of around 400 feet.

Planting began in 1988 with Pinot Noir vines planted tightly spaced at a density of about 2200 plants to the acre. Currently the vines range in age from 3 to 12 years and are a mixture of own-rooted Pommard and Wädenswil clones and various of the new Dijon clones on phylloxera-resistant rootstocks.

This new parcel is located a good spoon-mashie-niblick combination as the golf ball flies northwest from heart of The Beaux Frères Vineyard. The 'Upper Terrace' vineyard is ten plantable acres of southeast-facing hillsides of Willakenzie soils at elevations similar to those of The Beaux Frères Vineyard. Eight of the ten acres are currently planted to various of the new Dijon clones of Pinot Noir. We look for good things to come from this new parcel beginning with the 2002 vintage.