Beaux Freres, The BF Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, 2018 WS 2020 #9
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Wine Spectator 2020 Top 100 #9
Again with generosity and sophistication. A deep potpourri of candied cherry, Asian spices, and incense lift gracefully from the glass. Silky, with notions of blue and red fruits, fresh fennel, and juicy cranberry, the wine is supported with a depth of composed tannins core, indicating a nearly timeless potential for cellaring.
Beaux Frères’ iconic vineyard is located on an 88-acre farm atop Ribbon Ridge, the most prestigious terroir in Willamette Valley. Tall and stately Douglas fir trees cover nearly 50 acres of the farm, with homestead and winery buildings occupying another 8 acres.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir
VINEYARD: Beaux Frères Vineyard
VINEYARD LOCATION: Ribbon Ridge
VINEYARD SIZE: 26 acres
EXPOSURE: Southeast, south and southwest facing hillsides TYPE OF SOILS : Willakenzie soils
HARVEST: September 10th to September 28th
VINIFICATION: Primary fermentation in small vats for 18 to 20 days, with some of this fruit being fermented using whole clusters.
MATURING: 11 months in French oak barrels, 45% new.
AGING POTENTIAL: 10+ years
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.7%
Aromatics of potpourri, candied cherry, Asian spice and incense lift elegantly from the glass. A silky entry point on the palate leads to notions of pure blue and red fruits, fresh fennel, and juicy cranberry, all supporting a depth of connected and composed tannins that deliver a remarkably mouthwatering finish. There is a complex level of tension at its core, indicating a nearly timeless potential for cellaring.
Biodynamic and organic practices since 2002.