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Date Printed: 4/15/2014
Beaux Freres Pinot Noir 2009
Beaux Freres Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 109402)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Willamette Valley cuvée features fruit grown on select vineyard sites in Yamhill County. e wines benefit from the same integrity in the winemaking process as our estate wines. e sites are farmed sustainably and managed to very low yields. It is not fined or filtered.

It is a medium to full-bodied wine with sweet tannin, low acidity and an intriguing bouquet of "foresty" underbrush, redcurrants and black cherries. With a hint of Asian spices it has undeniable charm, silkiness and velvety texture.These are all hallmarks of the best 2009 Oregon Pinots and are well displayed in this wine.

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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.