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Avalon Wine's Beaux Freres 2004 Pinot noirs- Tasting Notes, Winery Notes, Ordering Info

Beaux Freres 2004 Pinot Noirs:
Intense, Extraordinary, Rare

2004 was a difficult, if ultimately rewarding vintage for many top Pinot noir producers. Beaux Freres ended up with a miniscule number of cases of their highly rated Pinot noirs. The wines are exceptional, just very, very limited.

We were offered a small portion of our usual allocation of Beaux Freres wines, too little to send to our Wine Club. To help the winery, who requested that we sell twice as much Belles Soeurs to customers as Beaux Freres, we're offering the wines in a mixed six or twelve pack, discounted a few dollars from retail. We're sorry that we have so little. You can know that if you order, you'll have a small stash of two of Oregon's very best 2004 vintage Pinot noirs.

Beaux Freres Belles Soeurs  

How are the wines? In a word, smashing. As many of our very knowledgeable customers know, when there are very few grapes per vine, those that make it to maturity achieve an extra level of intensity and complexity of flavors. In 2004, this complexity was further heightened by a long, cool fall, filled with terrifying bouts of rain, but ultimately producing beautiful fruit that hung on the vine through enough cool days and cold nights to optimize intensity and add layers of nuanced flavors to the few grapes on each vine.

We tried our precious sample botttles of the wines today, March 15, 2006.

Here's our tasting notes for the Estate 04:

Beaux Freres Pinot noir Estate 04

Beaux Freres Pinot noir 2004

Immediately upon popping the cork and pouring, the nose is intense, with a complex perfume of forest floor, white flowers, blackberry fruit, fresh turned earth, cocoa, cassis, red plum, sweet cherries, and hints of underlying dark spice. Flavors reiterate the scents, and the texture, while lush, is pure essence of Pinot, as the flavors echo over and over in the mouth.

Wow! Even young and just opened, this is just extraordinary Pinot. Mind boggling, sophisticated, nuanced, restrained opulence, seamless, reminiscent of a top flight Cote de Nuit. Should get at least as good scores as the 2003, this wine shows all the characteristics of a long lasting cellar selection, to be brought out for the grandest occasions and best cuisine.

I am hard pressed to find words to get across the pleasure this wine offers, albeit within a true-to-the varietal, pure Pinot noir flavor profile. You'll just have to try this one and send me some of your words -- it's really indescribably beautiful.

Here's what Mike Etzel says about the 2004 Estate:

This wine is made from fruit grown on the original Beaux Freres estate vineyard. It primarily consists of Pommard & Wädenswil clones on their own roots planted between 1988 and 1995. Mike farms organically, does not irrigate, and is beginning to follow the path of Biodynamic farming. Made from the smallest yields since 1994, it is not surprising that this is an extremely concentrated effort.

Beaux Freres says this about the wine: "The sweet tannins and velvety texture in this wine have been obvious from the first barrel tasting. The deep ruby color is accompanied by an emerging bouquet of sweet black currants, raspberries, plums, and forest floor scents. This opulent, concentrated Pinot is well proportioned with perfect acidity, and a long finish displaying seamless integration of fruit, acid, tannin, alcohol, and wood. It is rare to produce a wine of such richness and intensity that also possesses such smooth tannin and sexy up-front appeal."

Beaux Freres Belles Soeurs Pinot noir 04

Here are our Belles Soeurs tasting notes, March 15, 2006:

A tad more restrained nose than the 2004 Estate, focused around scents of ripe jammy fruit, white pepper, dried herbs, and spice. The explosive flavors are of sweet, silky raspberry and blackberry, violet perfume, intense notes of sweet black plum and red cherry, appealing hints of thyme, sage, and marjoram, spicy cinnamon and clove, and a long finish with hints of white pepper, forest floor, violets, mint, and more raspberry fruit.

The Belles Soeurs is a more forward wine than the Estate 04, with words like "lush" and "sultry" coming to mind. A tad more decadent than sophisticated, the wine is beautifully balanced, true to the varietal character in every way, yet so big and sexy. The "Shea" influence is clear in the spice and violet qualities... perhaps that silky yet rich, melt in the mouth finish will remind the taster of the Shea Homer.

Here's what Mike had to say about the wine:

Belles Soeurs wines feature fruit grown on select vineyard sites in Yamhill County. The wines benefit from the same integrity in the winemaking process as Beaux Frères. The sites are non-irrigated and managed to very low yields. The wines are not manipulated or filtered. Beaux Freres ages the wines in the same French oak barrels used in their estate bottling, however the percentage of new oak is intentionally lower.

Beaux Freres says this about the wine: "This wine is assembled primarily with fruit from the Shea Vineyard as well as Medici, Pelos-Sandberg, Weber, and a bit of Beaux Frères. The deep plum/ruby hued wine exhibits a nose of sweet, ripe cherry jam intermixed with spice, underbrush and dried herbs de Provence characteristics. Full bodied, fleshy, and undeniably appealing, it is a full throttle Pinot with no hard edges. A stunning premier cru from Beaune meets a gorgeous Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, and viola – 2004 Belles Soeurs."

In keeping with the winery's suggestion,
we're offering the wines in 6 and 12 bottle mixed cases.


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