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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 119500)
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $76.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 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
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 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:

If the Willamette Valley Pinot is the more hedonistic, then this is the more intellectual older sibling - showing its breeding as well as restraint. Medium ruby color, aromatically very pure nose of sweet and sour cherries, red currants, pomegranate and even a refreshing touch of ruby red grapefruit. Reminds us of a red-fruited, Côte de Beaune. Medium bodied, elegant, pure and racy. The tannins are extremely well integrated, balanced by zesty acid. This is a sleek, lite, yet subtly muscular Pinot.
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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.