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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
I agree with an earlier note that the wine is ready to drink at pour. Red cherries, spice and earth on the nose. Smooth palate with spice (allspice) and cherries. It actually worked nicely with grilled vegetables over fresh pasta (with some shredded parm over the top).
Drank next to a 2009 Sea Smoke and a Nuits St. George 1er Cru. This was the first wine of the tasting and the most amber in color. Had some Burgundian notes mixed with some bigger and brighter fruits. Cranberry, sour cherry, fresh herbs and earth. This had the mouth feel of a french pressed coffee compared to the Sea Smoke which was much more like a chemex.
Light nose. Medium body and somewhat light flavors of cherry, leather and slight oak. Needed 1 hour decant. This was a little more acidic than expected. Definitely needed food with the wine. We had some crackers and cheese with the wine, which worked well. I was expecting a lot more from 2008, and perhaps this wine still needs more time?
I am not sure if this bottle was improperly stored or past its prime, as I recently purchased it. I was expecting much more from this 2008. Nice complexity but disappointing nose and finish. This is the second bottle of the three I recently purchased and this is consistent with my impression of the first. After reading my draft for editing, and looking at the tasting notes of other recent tastings, I don't think I will purchase from this wine store again.
Very nice wine...aromas of dark cherry and xmas spice. Creamy bleuberry, green tea, a touch of cola, and a hint of earth on a long, lovely finish. All of this in a relatively light bodied wine, almost translucent in color.
Some nice violet, cherry and torrified notes on the nose, especially better after breathing a while. The first impression on the mouth is the structure, the acidity is upfront but not overbearing. Tight. With air this became easier, notes of cherry and crunchy red fruit with a slightly earthy finish- and solid Willamette terroir coming through. A good pinot- I could see this vastly improving with age, either way it will certainly go a good distance. For now 91.
PnP, Very nice nose with cherries and bright fruit. On first taste the palate was a little on the acidic side and decided to let sit for about an hour and then it was quite balanced with lots of fruit. There is a lot going here with some great earth qualities on the finish. Considering how young this is really drinking great and will only get better with cellar time.
Appearance: turbid with medium + ruby intensity. No color change from core to rim yet also hard to gauge because of the cloudiness. Nose is of at least medium intensity with youthful red raspberry fruit. The nose character immediately wants to lead me to a new world Pinot, a place where raspberry fruit character can very nicely develop. That isn’t the only thing in there and its not overdone on the nose. There is Pinot character of spice and flowers, oak.
Palate is dry – in this setting it comes across as off dry or fruity, medium acidity, medium tannin, medium alcohol. In this setting the alcohol feels just a touch higher but nothing disturbing or out of the way. The finish has just a touch of heat on it. But again, that could be the setting. Body is medium +, maybe even full for this variety. Yet, and I hope I am not being a homer, the flavor intensity is just medium (again, this could be the field). The flavor revolves around fruit. The length is medium.
Conclusions: overall this is good wine, it is a new world Pinot, it is very well made with excellent fruit character. To me it is missing the complexity and length on the finish to take it higher.
Hazy, med/- ruby an edge that shows a whiff of orange. Red fruit, cranberry, cherry, easier side of oak. Med acid, med/- tannin, med/- body, red fruit, rhubarb. Cherry and oak grain. Ripe fruit feel to the palate, on an overall elegant wine. Edgy balance and four years old. I'm feeling this is something along the lines of Folk Machine's Factories and Smoke. Drink to 2022.
I'm a bit perplexed about the haze and color after reading RP's note on the wine in June 2010 - dark ruby with a slightly deeper core of purple than the Willamette Valley cuvée. The 'purple' is really throwing me off, wondering if we're even on the same wine. And the haze too. Not what I thought I'd get, but I do like it.
This bottle was basically perfect for me. Tasted like a vintage Burgundy but after only 4 years old. Aroma and flavor profile were fantastic. I loved it, loved it, loved it. Glad I still have another bottle. Only downside is the cost but to get the same experience you would need to spend $200-$300 on a bottle of Grand Cru Burgundy and then let it sit in your cellar for 15-20 years. They knocked this one out of the park!
Boerne wine club - 2008 Oregon Pinots (Scenic Loop Cafe): Some sediment, medium scarlet, somewhat shy nose at first, then some cherry, sweet tart and candied orange peel. Medium light bodied and somewhat lighter than I anticipated, but overall a very classy effort . My #2 and the group's #3 of the night. ****
On opening this wine was very closed and flat; I did what I could to aerate by decanting but had no luck. Ended up opening something else. Blown away by the 2008 Beaux Freres Williamette that I opened yesterday. A day later, more open yet still inferior to the Williamette. A quick TN: medium pale ruby, nose of strawberries, saspirilla, cherry pastille. Sweet, some tannic structure, good minerali, but a tad bitter. Probably just closed, but I can't give this a higher score right now.
Delicious. Young and very bright cherry flavors. Still on the tannic side, and obviously needs more time in the cellar for tannins and fruit to integrate. Looking forward to opening the next bottle in 2013. This is rated on today's taste, not on what I'm expecting in the future. Brought bottle to Anita & Jay's. Came out #2 against St. Innocent 2006 Anden vineyard.
Out of the bottle this has a funky nose of tar, rubber, cola, heat. A 2008 Mt Eden blew it away out of the bottle for its elegance, fruit and finish. However, with an hour of air, the BF starts to come around. Still shows cola on the nose, but the fruit starts to show up. Getting better with more air, and showing it is a bigger (but not better) wine than the Mt. Eden right now - but the finish is a bit to short and dry. Question is how it will age, but it seems to have the stuffing, so hopefully it will mellow and develop a better finish. 2nd day this had settled a bit and lost some of the funk on the nose, now showing some fruit and mint. Solid wine on the palate, although the finish still a bit short and hot. Overall an improvement and more pleasant than yesterday, but the Mt. Eden still the better wine of the two (although not clear how the Mt. Eden will age). Worth laying a few of these down given some decent history in strong vintages, but expect the overblown style and hope to be surprised with something more balanced. A-?
Very Californian in structure and body, but that is to be expected from Beaux Frères. Huge gym sock funk that isn't over the top. Tons of black fruit, vanilla, soy sauce and roasted duck. Really delicious.
All American Tasting (Binny's on Grand): One of the wines of the tasting. A fantastic Burgundian Pinot. Nice finesse driven wine that shows class and focus on the finish. Great acidity but a silky texture as well.
Popped and tasted over a few hours. Brilliant ruby color, about 60% opaque and a pinch of sediment. Nice forest and earth elements, a little sour mash, maple, and a full spice drawer in a high powered nose. Palate is really smooth and persistent with fantastic harmony. Cherry crepes, cola, and white mocha with fresh acidity and invisible tannins. Very long and complex finish. 5+11+18+9 = 93
Mesmerizing complexity on the nose with machine oil, earth, opening towards vanilla and floral notes plus a fun funkiness twist like good body odor if that's plausible. Overall a sense of fresh and springy which I have to say really filled my brain with happy feelings. Huge flavor on the palate, yet utterly graceful. Elegantly balanced acidity and soft supple tannins. Juicy, mouthwatering and endless finish that rolls on like distant thunder. Exceptional and highly recommended.
Mirroring the WS score because I believe it captures this wine exactly. Nose is earth and herbs, with very mild funk. The taste is great on the cherry, berry side with traces of clove and allspice. Balances well between rich flavors and graceful carriage. The flavor lacks a little of the staying power of the upper terrace release, but given that I picked this up for ~$35, a fantastic deal.
Second time with this wine and it may be the best young BF I've tasted. This time I drank it with the 1998 and while the 98 was more complex at this stage these just seem so smooth and complete that I think in a few years they will be off the charts good. Decanted for a couple of hours and very good now but more to come for sure. You cannot P&P any BF in my opinion. You need to get rid of the spritz or it kills the wine!
V.I.P. Northwest Tasting (Farpointe Cellar): The nose had earth and raspberry, minerals and black currant, and a little spice. The palate was soft, with raspberry and black currant, forest floor and cola, and a nice mineral finish.