Beaux Freres Upper Terrace Pinot Noir 2002

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

Item No. 126358
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS91
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

This is a great American Pinot Noir. It is world class in complexity, richness and aging potential. Dark ruby/purple with an extraordinary nose of forest floor, spring flowers, plums, black currants and sweet cherries. The wine is full bodied, very rich and quite tannic. The tannins are balanced by the cascade of fruit as well as the pure opulence and richness of the wine. The yields were very low, the wine super concentrated and this is a wine built for the long term. We recently tasted this wine with our barrel broker along side some top grand cru red Burgundies and it was by far the best wine of the group.

Critical Acclaim

"Lithe, supple style has a meaty edge to the dead-ripe blackberry, strawberry and plum flavors, all beautifully balanced with fine-grained tannins as it lasts on the finish."
91 Points

"Bright ruby-red. Tangy wild berries, cola, meat and pungent oak scents on the nose. Dense, thick and fat, but with more energy, spice and depth than the Shea Vineyard bottling. Delivers the flavor intensity of this very promising vintage. Spicy, building finish. Serious pinot."
90 Points

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The Beaux Freres 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...

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Learn About Willamette Valley

(will-AAM-it) Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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