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Beaux Freres Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Winemaker Notes

This wine was made from modest yields. It still has a dark plum/garnet color, a relatively sweet nose of sandalwood, roasted herbs, sweet and sour cherries and some barrique smells in the background. Medium bodied, a bit tart and angular without the plushness and measured richness that we look for on the mid-palate. Still this wine is very Pinot - lacy and elegant. This is a finesse styled Pinot with a bit of tightness to it that we doubt will ever soften completely due to the vintage characteristics.

Critical Acclaim

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Much richer and grander than most 1997s, this impressive mouthful of plum, black cherry and toast flavors has firm but harmoniously integrated tannins that frame the long finish and promise a good future.

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Beaux Freres, , Oregon
Beaux Freres
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.

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DISBFMAG_1997 Item# 126339

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