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 Vintage1994 Label 1 of 26 
ProducerBeaux Frères (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardBeaux Frères Vineyard
AppellationYamhill County

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2002 and 2019 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Beaux Freres Vineyard Ribbon Ridge on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.8 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 18 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by sdprod on 1/8/2015 & rated 94 points: Popped the cork on my last bottle of these beauties. I haven't had one in 4 years. Still dark and brooding. Nose full of red fruit but a bit one dimensional. Amazing mouthfeel

Has opened up over the past hour

Terrific longevity for an historic vintage that had a reputation for early burnout

Bravo (340 views)
 Tasted by LJV on 3/31/2011 & rated 94 points: Just a terrific Pinot at its peak. Popped & poured, opened up beautifully over an hour. Deep crimson color, extremely well balanced. Pomegranate, red berries & cherries, terrific texture and length. In a word, memorable. (3356 views)
 Tasted by Jack on 1/10/2011 & rated 92 points: This time we drank the 96 and 94 together to see the stark difference between the two vintages. I've poured more of the 96 down the drain over the years than I care to remember but in the last several years it has settled in and been good to very good. Ern liked the 96 better than the 94 but was in the vast minority. The 94 didn't perform as well this time from .750 but was still great and has many years ahead. It was interesting to compare but I thought the difference would be much greater. (3281 views)
 Tasted by Fielding on 10/7/2010 & rated 92 points: Decanted for one hour. Youthful garnet in the glass. Nose of plums, cloves, star anise with some roasted meat. Red fruits on the palate, with cranberries, earth and allspice. Rich and Burgundian. Well done. (3564 views)
 Tasted by Amstelplein on 8/9/2010 & rated 95 points: Great, great wine. Wonderful bouquet and taste. Reaffirms that the best wine of the USA can age flawlessly. (3526 views)
 Tasted by winefool on 6/14/2010 & rated 94 points: Really lovely wine - full of color and life. A very nice example of a rich mature oregon pinot - reminiscint of a not so old mature Vosne... (4865 views)
 Tasted by JLPN on 6/1/2010 & rated 97 points: I don't know how Pinot can get better than this. At 16 years old, this wine has at least 10 more in it. This is the very best Oregon wine ever produced in my opinion of what I've had. Mike Etzel describes it as a freak of nature. Other Oregon '94 such as Archery Summit and Ponzi don't have near the life left in them and are actually going down. This wine is still huge in blue and black fruit, mile long finish that lingers and has an amazing balance and mouthfill. I never turn down a bottle of this wine at auction. (1957 views)
 Tasted by Fielding on 5/12/2010 & rated 93 points: I keep doing a double take. Rich, smooth, balanced, lots of red fruit, earth and acidity. Wow. (2107 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 2/13/2010 & rated 93 points: This once again surprises everybody and shows as an exceptional Oregon Pinot doing well with age. Plenty of nicely maturing black cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors. Tannins very well integrated, working well with spice emerging on finish. (1413 views)
 Tasted by psmith on 2/13/2010: Heady dark fruits. Rustic, meaty dark fruits. Rounded out nicely. Still has time left. Very nice. (2231 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/1/2009 & rated 97 points: Aromatically - Black plum, clove, and a touch of oak. On the palate it is an enormous wine with huge flavor concentration and layers upon layers of fine grain tannin with great integration of all components. 96-97 (2938 views)
 Tasted by rnellans on 7/15/2009 & rated 92 points: Dark fruits with hint of tar? Lot of fruit on the palate, dusty tannins . Needs more time. A big style wine. (2949 views)
 Tasted by elliotgl on 10/17/2007 & rated 91 points: Tasted at dinner with some great wines that overshadowed this. Not an elegant - feminine - wine, but seamless,good plum,dark fruits,acidity and cherry? The alcohol was evident as it is in almost all 1994 Oregon wines but not hot/rough. Good intensity and concentration - almost BIG. Probably would have faired better with lamb or steak and not with our menu. (2927 views)
 Tasted by Kirk Grant on 9/1/2007 & rated 93 points: This was in a wonderful place tonight. Lovely aromatics and brilliant mouth feel with vibrant acidity and some firm tannins that will give this wine several more years in the cellar. Yet, when it's this good now...why wait? (2507 views)
 Tasted by michaelgor on 6/30/2007 & rated 94 points: after our last bottle (1/07) I thought it needed 2+ hours decanting time..so I did that with this bottle and it sung! However, it was our last bottle..so I am not sure if it was so good because of the decanting..or just ‘cause we have no more left :)

the wine still has dark red color..no brown on edges..nose of blackberry, some plum, rhubarb..on the palate..smooth great integration of fruit and tannins long finish without the hotness we had seen before (3140 views)
 Tasted by Jack on 12/24/2006 & rated 96 points: From magnum. When this wine was released it was very controversial and the winery even called it a freak. The freak has grown into a wonderful wine. Very rich, ripe and smooth as can be. Good from the first pour but best about two hours after opening. (3725 views)
 Tasted by Grinner on 12/10/2006 & rated 95 points: Glorious tonight with an evolved nose and lush texture, still has a couple years! (3371 views)

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Beaux Frères

Producer Website

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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