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Beaux Freres Upper Terrace Pinot noir 2012


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Beaux Freres


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Upper Terrace has emerged as Beaux Freres' cult wine. It sells out the quickest despite being the most expensive of their three bottlings. Why? Because it's a blockbuster!

2010 Wine Spectator - 92 points - Light and floral, offering a lovely rose petal grace note to the strawberry and cherry flavors, finishing with transparency and a gentle intensity. Drink now through 2016. 513 cases made. - H.S.

2009 Vintage Tasting Notes

Richer and darker than the Estate, the 2009 Upper Terrace oozes with kirsch, dollops of black cherry and currant, and a deft finesse from start to finish. Ideally, you'd cellar the 09 for at least 4 years and up to 10. - Marcus

From the winery: Medium ruby hued, this wine exhibits notes of red currants and sandy, loamy undertones. Medium bodied, spicebox, Christmas fruitcake and herbs. ere is a depth and richness that we normally find in this vineyard planted to Dijon clones. is vintage shows a different side of this vineyard one of elegance and light – the fruit profile is more one of red fruit than the normal dark fruit that we expect. Still complex and slow to reveal itself as this cuvée always is we are still enjoying watching this wine unwind and open up. Right now it is simply giving us. - Mike Etzel

2009 Wine Spectator - 94 points - Taut and focused, this offers a cascade of cinnamon, clove, cherry, raspberry and guava flavors, coming together harmoniously against refined tannins. The finish glides easily. Lingers and lingers. Drink now through 2019. 600 cases made. H.S.

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

Best vintage of the decade, and one of the best wines from it. Blackberry, black raspberry, a gorgeous Pinot with layers and layers of elegant flavors. It's a bit tight, as it should be for cellaring. Drink this wine through 2030 for a sublime experience. - Jean

2008 Wine Spectator - 95 points - Elegant, refined and beautifully focused, layering its red cherry, black cherry, blueberry and currant fruit into a seamless package without tremendous weight. The finish picks up cream, chalk and distinctly mineral notes, and this just doesn't quit. Harmonious and complex. Drink now through 2020. 900 cases made. - H.S.

Given the clonal material and exposition this wine should always be different from the Beaux Freres vineyard despite an essentially identical upbringing in the vineyard and the cellar. True to our expectations the Upper Terrace shows a striking difference in personality and demeanor from the Beaux Freres. The color is a healthy dark plum to ruby purple. It is very Cotes du Nuits-like with its blue-black fruit and the underlying forest floor and floral character. - the winery

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

Darkest of the Beaux Freres Pinots, the Upper Terrace serves up an intense scent of black cherry and raspberry, mingling with violet, dried rose and forest floor. Velvety and sensual in texture, deep flavors of creamy black cherry and spice box linger in a long, pure finish.

The most intense and richly nuanced of Beaux Freres' 2007 Pinots, Mike suggests waiting two years to drink - and the wine will continue to evolve for 15 years. - Avalon

2007 Tanzer - 92 points - Deep red with a bright rim. Pungent aromas of red and dark berries, Asian spices and musky herbs. Broad, fleshy dark berry flavors gain freshness with air and pick up notes of allspice and candied rose. Manages to be both rich and lively, finishing with excellent energy and lingering spiciness. This really hangs onto the palate. More serious than the Beaux Freres Vineyard bottling, but I marginally prefer that wine's liveliness."

This Pinot Noir from all Dijon clones is often much darker than the Beaux Frères Vineyard. The 2007 Upper Terrace is very similar to the dark ruby color of the 2007 Beaux Frères Vineyard. That is where the similarities end.

Though it is the most aromatically backward of our three 2007 offerings, it hints of earth, spice, forest floor and underbrush intertwined with dark black cherries and raspberries. On the palate one can detect a fuller style of wine with more structure, muscle and density than the other two cuvées.

At this time it is showing less of its outright seduction and charm, nevertheless, there is a lot going on in this wine which always reminds us of a grand cru from the northern end of Burgundy's Côtes du Nuits. The tannins are silky but the weight of the wine is clearly more dramatic. This wine will benefit from one to two years of bottle age before consuming and should evolve effortlessly for at least 15 years. - the winery

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