2011 Beaux Freres - Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
"The Beaux Freres Willamette Valley cuvee is always a savvy wine to get and to enjoy in it’s youth, but I must say with the difficulty of the 2011, I was not expecting such a rich and beautiful wine, this is a phenomenal effort and a real class act. Bravo to Mike Etzel and his team for crafting this wonderful and detailed Pinot Noir that lacks for nothing and highlights the best of it’s terroir and vintage. Tasting along side the famed Beaux Freres Estate, the Willamette Valley held it’s own and is by far the better wine to drink now and even though the Beaux Freres Vineyard is very lovely, I really do, in this year, adore the Willamette cuvee a tad bit more. Beaux Freres is one of the great estates of Oregon, if not all of the United States and I am glad I have had a chance to visit and walk these amazing vineyards. The 2011 Beaux Freres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir leads with a bouquet of wilted roses, iron ore, dried currants and sweet smoke before folding into a palate of dark cherry, plum and tangy blackberry fruits with flinty pepper, mocha, fennel and herb tea. This wine has depth and texture, but has plenty of zip too, though it finishes long and with refined tannins. Drink now through 2018, a fine Oregon Pinot that lives up to it’s reputation for quality and style." -SFWTC Staff
Beaux Freres Description
The Willamette Valley cuvée features fruit grown on select vineyard sites in the Northern Willamette Valley including: Gran Moraine 32%, Zena Crown 31%, Shea 16%, Beaux Frères 10%, Upper Terrace 7%, and Guadalupe 4%. As usual this is the most forward of Beaux Freres wines with medium dark ruby color, with an attractive, evolving perfume of cherries, raspberries, and a subtle wood spice. This is an elegant, stylish pinot, medium bodied, fresh, vibrant, and very pure. The cool, late harvest has imprinted its character on this wine of transcendental fruit purity.
Wine Spectator: 93 Points
"The satiny texture lets the harmonious flavors of red berry, pomegranate and spice unfurl evocatively. The finish lingers enticingly. Shows freshness and impeccable balance. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made." –H.S.
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