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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 32 
ProducerBeaux Frères (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardBeaux Frères Vineyard
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationRibbon Ridge
UPC Code(s)859141000437

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2019 (based on 28 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Beaux Freres Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.9 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 120 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/18/2015: Needed a little time to open up, but enjoyable. B+/A- (1649 views)
 Tasted by Edclr on 2/28/2015 & rated 94 points: Another gorgeous bottle. This is probably the best vintage of BF that I remember. (1378 views)
 Tasted by cliffkol on 2/26/2015 & rated 88 points: Very acidic, tannic. Overshadowed the fruit. Hopefully an aberration, definitely not corked. (1416 views)
 Tasted by jdinkin1 on 2/11/2015 & rated 93 points: Very nice big Pinot. Still has years to go. (1531 views)
 Tasted by madalyn on 12/31/2014 & rated 92 points: very nice, drinking nicely now (1873 views)
 Tasted by WDSteers on 12/9/2014 & rated 92 points: Cherry cola with balance and soft tannins (1715 views)
 Tasted by tbailey540 on 11/22/2014 & rated 93 points: Loved it, hit of the night (1668 views)
 Tasted by gmat5497 on 10/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Very nice (2052 views)
 Tasted by pinothoarder on 10/18/2014 & rated 90 points: Decanted for 1 hour and consumed over 6 hours. 1 hour is the perfect decant. Ripe red cherries and mushroom on the nose. This would be a good $40 PN, but as a local, I wouldn't pay the $75 retail again. There are so many superior Oregon PNs under $50. Thin juice feels like fruit from young vines. Maybe the 2018 vintage will be worthy of the hype, but the current QPV is only average. Drink now, it is at its peak. (2034 views)
 Tasted by gmat5497 on 10/7/2014 & rated 93 points: Silky smooth. Bursting with fruit. Excellent (1831 views)
 Tasted by peterhimes on 9/20/2014 & rated 90 points: Balance of earth and dark fruits; medium acids; good length maybe 15 sec. Black/blueberry on the palate with slight pepper on the back palate. (1609 views)
 Tasted by rustyRudy on 8/31/2014 & rated 94 points: Garnet. Very Burgundian on the nose and palate . Mushrooms , elegant with good acidity. Drinking well now. (1636 views)
 Tasted by andrewdodd86 on 8/30/2014 & rated 94 points: Really delicious wine. Very Burgundian. Forest floor and mushrooms. Raspberry and cherry. (1292 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 7/31/2014 & rated 93 points: Bright red berry and cherry aromas and flavors with enticing Vosne-like baking spice and new oak that has nicely/mostly integrated well. Very fun and pleasurable. (2047 views)
 Tasted by gmat5497 on 7/25/2014 & rated 91 points: Excellent (1540 views)
 Tasted by Edclr on 6/5/2014 & rated 94 points: Nothing bright about this - all dark, forest floor, spice, earthy flavors, but a very long finish. This is probably going to be at its best in a few years, but with food now is very good. Its just not a sipper type pinot. Which is fine with me. (1909 views)
 Tasted by gmat5497 on 5/1/2014 & rated 92 points: Excellent. Full bodied. (2011 views)
 Tasted by HowardNZ on 4/17/2014: Top quality NZ and US Pinot Noirs and Burgundies, with an old Loire to finish (Tinakori Bistro, Wellington): Colour lighter red than the other two. Also, dumber nose with aromas of dark berries and earth. An almost sweet entry to the palate, earthy, black fruited and liquorice in the mouth. Clearly New World, very clean and well made, with good integration between the fruit and spicy oak. Tasters picked this as a NZ wine. Good fruit structure and depth, with good length (finishing on a lovely cherry note). To me, a little uninteresting at this stage. On the reveal, Peter said this was very young and could be expected to develop considerably with time. (2265 views)
 Tasted by sari85253 on 4/9/2014 & rated 91 points: after two flawed bottles, this one was ok. I like the structure (1965 views)
 Tasted by Erik12903 on 3/28/2014 & rated 89 points: Blackberries, licorice root tea, spice, wood vanilla, mint, forest floor, cola, cherry liquor, salt sea winds. This wine is packed, but also a little bit on the forward side, there's some heat on the finish. Not sure the seams will hold for the really long haul, but for now it's an opulent and still fairly structured new world pinot that goes down very easily and that is highly enjoyable. (1981 views)
 Tasted by Pfleonard on 3/22/2014 & rated 91 points: Interestingly cloudy showing deliberate avoidance of fining. Strawberries and cherries and mocha. Very light body but long finish. This shows pinot noir as I think it can truly be...a light wine with refinement and power. (1581 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 2/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Absolutely delicious. All sorts of bright red fruit aromas with lots of spice throughout. Raspberry and red cherry flavors with some clove, vanilla and cinnamon, everything in really charming harmony. Moderate length. Very good now, low enough appearance of alcohol that this should continue to age gracefully for five years. (2277 views)
 Tasted by djinc01 on 11/28/2013 & rated 93 points: Rich ripe baked cherry pie, minerality and acidity... Perfect blend! (2550 views)
 Tasted by winelover1808 on 11/14/2013 & rated 93 points: wow. gorgeous wine. very light in color but full in the mouthful - akin to Burgundy not a RRV pinot. Pretty cherry nose, but hints of earth, mushroom. backbone of acid. some hints of oak/vanilla at the finish. lithe and elegant. def demonstrates why the closest representation of Burgundy in the US is found in Oregon... (2694 views)
 Tasted by cos82 on 11/9/2013 & rated 92 points: Really nice cherry in color and abundant cherry on the nose and palate. Love the fruit in this wine along with notes of leather and earth. I think this has a long life ahead and may evolve into a more complex wine. Regardless, I love the sweet cherry fruit standing alone. My kind of wine. Stood up to a roast venison loin. (2601 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, July/August 2010, IWC Issue #151
(Beaux Freres Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir The Beaux Freres Vineyard Ribbon Ridge) Subscribe to see review text.
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Beaux Frères

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Since our first vintage in 1991, the Beaux Frères philosophy remains the same; to produce a world-class Pinot Noir from small, well-balanced yields and ripe, healthy fruit that represents the essence of our vineyard. In pursuit of these goals, the Beaux Frères Vineyard is planted with tightly spaced vines, and yields are kept to some of the lowest in our industry. The grapes are harvested when physiologically (rather than analytically) ripe.

Our winemaking 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.

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

Beaux Frères Vineyard

The Beaux Frères Vineyard is located on an 86-acre farm atop Ribbon Ridge in the Chehalem Valley near Newberg (Yamhill County, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA). Tall and stately Douglas fir trees cover nearly 50 acres of the farm, with homestead and winery buildings occupying another 6 acres. The vineyard is situated on 30 acres (24 of which are planted) of steep, contiguous southeast, south and southwest facing hillsides of Willakenzie soils at elevations of around 400 feet.

Planting began in 1988 with Pinot Noir vines planted tightly spaced at a density of about 2200 plants to the acre. Currently (2007) the vines range in age from 9 to 19 years and are predominately a mixture of own-rooted Pommard and Wädenswil clones inter-planted with several Dijon clones on phylloxera-resistant rootstocks. Walking through the vineyard one notices the consistency of the vineyard with each vine resembling the next. The vineyard is farmed with Organic and Biodynamic methods but is not certified in either.


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