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2001 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir The Beaux Frères Vineyard

UNITED STATES / OREGON / RIBBON RIDGE
  • 92 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 44393-2001

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$69.95

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    ($69) At the outset: Moderately saturated medium red. Nose dominated by smoky oak, coffee grounds and menthol. Offers good texture and richness but only modest verve and definition of flavor, despite the considerable CO2 Substantial oak tannins dry the tongue. After 24 hours: Much more complex aromas of sappy red cherry, strawberry, mocha and spices to go with the nutty oak. Rich, chewy and strong, with nicely concentrated red fruit flavors. Finishes with smooth tannins and excellent persistence.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: March/April 2003
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    A bit light in color, but plenty rich in flavor, offering a lively mouthful of plum, blackberry and black pepper that echoes beautifully on the open-textured finish. Surprisingly refined, not as bold as most Beaux FrŠres vintages. 2,821 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Rating: 86

    A touch of new wood frames ripe, intense and slightly roasted black fruit aromas followed by big, thick and impressively concentrated full-bodied flavors underpinned by solid extraction and a very firm tannic bite on the finish. This will require a few years to mellow out.
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2004
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: mike1054
  • Self | Rating: 90

    still a bit spritzy!
    Author: Johnnymd
The Beaux Freres estate property, an old pig farm, is 24 acres of tightly-spaced, low-yielding vines on the steep slopes of Ribbon Ridge in Northern Willamette Valley. Winemaking philosophy and technique follow a commitment to minimal intervention, with native yeast fermentations and only one racking prior to bottling. All the wines are unfined and unfiltered. The wine remains in French oak for a period of 10-12 months, in varying proportions of new wood depending on the strength of the vintage. Because of the "reductive" winemaking style, which keeps the wine away from oxygen as much as possible, Beaux Freres Pinots are made for bottle age. The end result is a true expression of prime Willamette terrior.

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Oregon has seen a huge boom in wine production in recent decades, as has the entire Pacific Northwest region. Once known for small wineries nestled amongst farmland, the Oregon wine industry has been the recipient of a huge capital influx, which has opened up new vine-growing territory and built numerous large-production brands. Although best known for Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, which sits at the same latitude as Burgundy, the state continues to build a reputation for Rhône and white varieties as well. 

Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 361 bottles owned
  • 77 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 77 collectors)