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Beaux Frères, The Vineyard

Beaux Frères, The Vineyard Wine Details

Description: Our 2003 Beaux Frères reveals a classic Pinot Noir perfume of black fruits (a common characteristic of our finest vintages) in addition to forest floor and floral notes. We use about 80% new Francois Frères Barrels and it was interesting to see how easily the oak was absorbed in this wine. This medium to full-bodied, concentrated (yields were again very low), deeply colored Pinot Noir should have a minimum of ten to twelve years of aging potential. While not as broad or powerful as the 2002 Beaux Frères, it is richer than our highly successful 1999, and more accessible and forward than many of our cuvèes, before they round into shape. As usual, this wine has been bottled with neither fining nor filtration and extremely low levels of sulfur. Anticipated Maturity: 2006-2018

Varietal Definition
Pinot Noir:
The name is derived from the French words for ‘pine’ and ‘black’ alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pine cone shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. By volume most Pinot Noir in America is grown in California with Oregon coming in second. Other regions are Washington State and New York.During 2004 and the beginning of 2005, Pinot Noir became considerably more popular amongst consumers in the United States, possibly because of the movie Sideways. Being lighter in style, it has benefited from a trend toward more restrained, less alcoholic wines. It is the delicate, subtle, complex and elegant nature of this wine that encourages growers and winemakers to cultivate this difficult grape. Robert Parker has described Pinot Noir: "When it's great, Pinot Noir produces the most complex, hedonistic, and remarkably thrilling red wine in the world."


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