2005 Beaux Freres - Pinot Noir The Beaux Freres Vineyard 1.5L

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IWC 90(+?)   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

($75) Deep red. Pungent red and dark berry aromas are complicated by black cardamom, cinnamon, cola and mocha. Fleshy cassis and black raspberry flavors are firmed by dusty tannins and given a serious mien by hints of dried flowers and graphite. Some unabsorbed CO2 dissipated with aeration. Finishes gently spicy but with impressive energy and focus.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Doron G
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/13/2009
Light/Medium bodied. Polished texture. Short finish. Cranberry, Cherry.

Rating: 95
Author: Jerry
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 02/14/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Wonderful, elegant pinot. Winemaking shows through.

Rating: 94
Author: Yayo
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/28/2010

Rating: 92
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 03/12/2012

Rating: 90
Author: ZinFanDave
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 08/11/2012
Nice. Slight funk and light red fruit flavors. Musky and sl. mushroom

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

42 bottles owned by 26 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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