2005 Beaux Freres - Pinot Noir The Upper Terrace 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

($90) Ruby-red. Dark, musky plum, cherry and blackberry and cola on the nose, with complicating notes of underbrush, dried flowers and licorice. Dried dark berry flavors are braced by zesty minerality and gentle tannins, with an exotic twist of sassafras on the back. Alluringly earthy, floral and sweet on the precise, understated finish.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/02/2013
Drink Dates: 2011-2020
Impressive. Just entering the drinking window. Dark cherry nose, red fruit, cola and tea on the palate. This will please the Burgundians.

Rating: 92
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 10/28/2012
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Rating: 90
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/30/2009

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

560 bottles owned by 190 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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