Cult Oregon Pinot Noir – Beaux Frères

What makes a cult wine?

Add equal parts exclusivity, elegance and craftsmanship, and you’re doing pretty well. The winery is owned by the world’s most famous wine critic Robert Parker? Even better.

Oregon’s most talked-about winery, Beaux Frères produces some of the most exquisite Pinot Noir outside of Burgundy. The brain-child of Robert Parker and his brother-in-law (or Beaux Frères, en Français), Beaux Frères has been producing world class Pinot from its unique sites since 1990. The two vineyards (known as the Beaux Frères, and the Upper Terrace vineyards, 23 and 10 acres, respectively), are farmed biodynamically, and produce some of the smallest yields in the industry.

The philosophy of Beaux Frères is simple. According to winemaker Michael G. Etzel: ”

“The philosophy is one of minimal intervention, with clean fermentations utilizing indigenous yeast.
The wines are stored in French oak for 10 to 12 months adjusting the percentage of new oak to compliment the wine the vintage has given us. Beaux Frères is never racked until it is removed from barrel for bottling, which occurs without fining or filtration. These non-manipulative, uncompromising methods guarantee a wine that is the most natural and authentic vineyard expression possible. Previous vintages demonstrate that these methods also allow our Beaux Frères to develop significant perfume, weight, and texture in the bottle.”

 

The Upper Terrace Vineyard
The Upper Terrace Vineyard

 

BEAUX FRÈRES

BeauxFreres13PinotNoirPinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

89 points – Wine Spectator

Taut, exhibiting good density to the blackberry and floral flavors, without excess weight. Shows depth and intensity, with fine tannins on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2018. 2,500 cases made.

 

 

BEAUX FRÈRES

2012 BFPinot Noir Ribbon Ridge The Upper Terrace 2012

97 points – Wine spectator

Sleek, silky and expressive, full-bodied but not heavy, polished to bring out the glow of the cherry, raspberry sassafras and cinnamon flavors that just won’t quit as the finish sails on. Has depth, wrapped in satiny tannins, and real harmony. Best from 2015 through 2024. 579 cases made.

 

BEAUX FRÈRES

13 BFPinot Noir Ribbon Ridge The Upper Terrace 2013

96 points – Wine Spectator

Intensely and seductively aromatic, billowing purple plum, blueberry, blackberry and espresso notes that resolve on the velvety palate. The tension between the fruity and savory character persists into the long and vivid finish. Drink now through 2023. 366 cases made.

 

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