Freres Estate Pinot noir 05 $67.50/$75.00
the Beaux Frères Estate 05
in early March, 2007, and gave it 93
what Harvey Steiman said: "Although
2005 was a difficult vintage, Beaux Frères
made a beauty out of its own vineyard.
Firm at first, it then blossoms into
a panorama of flavors, fanning out its
raspberry cream flavors, hinting at floral,
mineral, green tea and Asian spice notes
as the finish picks up steam. Not a big
wine, but it has many layers to explore.
Best from 2009 through 2015. From Oregon." —H.S. 93
our (Avalon Wine) tasting notes: Tasted
in January 2007, the nose of the Estate
was restrained at first, then showing
a perfume of violets, red and black
berries, toast, and sweet earth. Hints
of spice, herbs, and dried flowers
mingle with the fruit scents.
The wine shows
an immediate intense sweet fruit quality
in the mouth. Blackberry, black raspberry,
blueberry, and lush black cherry fruit
flavors prevail. Subtle notes of sweet
wild mushroom, sweet earth, and forest
floor are occasionally noted, but come
and go, just a gentle undercurrent to
the dominant fruit flavors. There's also
a sense of perfume on the palate, with
hints of Asian spice, dried field flowers
The tannins are
silky and present, adding structure,
restraining and balancing the fruit.
In January 2007, the tannins are the
slightest bit drying in the mouth, although
after decanting and air, that quality
is aged on its lees in 75-85% new Francois
oak barrels, and the wine has a creamy
quality in the midpalate that comes from
exposure to the lees. The lees also contribute
a silkiness to the mouth feel.
Every time we put
our noses in the glass, this wine was
changing (January 2007). With time, red
fruit, primarily red raspberry, started
appearing along with the blackberry and
cherry flavors. Marcus noted that this
wine seems much more red fruit driven
than the Upper Terrace, which has been
perceived by us as a much more black
and blue fruit dominant wine.
Freres Willamette Valley Pinot noir
our (Avalon Wine) tasting notes: The
most approachable and ready to drink
of the three wines when tasted in
January 2007, the Willamette Valley
is succulent and juicy. The nose
has a decadent creme brulee quality,
with red raspberry and blackberry
as well. Hints of sweet toast and
pumpkin pie spice add to the mix,
with a soft creaminess underlying
all. Flavors reiterate the scents,
with a sweet, juicy quality to the
red cherry and red berry flavors.
Sweet cherry hard candy is hinted
at in the midpalate.
found the wine uplifting, lithe,
and refreshing. The juicy fresh blackberry
and raspberry flavors are transmogrified
to sweet red cherry with a touch
of uplifting sour cherry in the finish.
A really wonderful food wine, ready
to drink and drink within five years.
Freres "Upper Terrace" Pinot
noir 05 $81/$90
Spectator 92 points: "More
recent plantings of Dijon clones at the
top of the estate vineyard produce this
Pinot with a plush feel, despite its
open, velvety texture. It offers black
cherry, raspberry and subtle spice flavors,
finishing with a fleshiness that makes
it seductive. More up-front than the
Beaux Frères vineyard bottling,
but it should hum well for quite a few
years. Drink now through 2015." —H.S.
our (Avalon Wine) tasting notes: A
big bruiser of a Pinot, this is co-owner
Robert Parker's favorite of the Pinots
made by Beaux Frères. It was
also the most closed of the three 2005
wines when tasted in January 2007.
The darkest, meatiest, most intensely
flavored of the Beaux Frères
wines, this wine may have the longest
potential life in the cellar. It's
a wine for serious collectors who don't
mind laying a wine down for ten years
of the Upper Terrace 05 is restrained,
with a hint of black fruit and rich,
creamy toast. Flavors begin with a
gush of sweet black fruit, toast, and
silky tannins with a bit of a grip.
An Avalon employee said at the tasting "there's
just the most there there".
It's intense, and very different from
the Estate, which seems more sweet red
fruit driven in comparison to this massive
Pinot. The Upper Terrace is aged on lees
in 80-90% new Francois Frères
new oak barrels, with medium to heavy
toast and some toasted heads.
says: The Darth Vader of Oregon
Pinot. Dark and powerful from first
sight, the Upper Terrace exudes intense,
black fruit aromas with barrel spice
that hints at incense and black pepper.
Big, juicy flavors of black cherry,
blackberry, and ribbons of black and
red raspberry. Great palate density.
Give the Upper Terrace a year or two
to fully integrate and you'll find
an awesomely rich Pinot.
Freres 2005 Vintage Sampler Case
2005 Vintage Sampler Case
6 "Estate" 05
4 "Willamette Valley" 05
2 "Upper Terrace" 05 $90
$85 from suggested retail ($810.00)
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