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Beaux Frères, The Upper Terrace

Beaux Frères, The Upper Terrace Wine Details

Description: Our second vintage from this steep, southeast facing vineyard is the 2003 Beaux Frères, The Upper Terrace. It is again our biggest, richest, and most muscular Pinot Noir. It is close in quality to the full-bodied, rich 2002. Notes of sweet plums, raspberries, cherries, and a hint of sassafras along with some darker fruits and something primordial and earthy emerge from this juicy Pinot. With exceptional concentration, tremendous purity, density, structure, and moderate tannin, the 2003 vintage is not as approachable as the 2002 Beaux Frères Estate Pinot Noir. We believe it will need one to three years of bottle age, and should keep for 12-15 years in a cool cellar. It too, was bottled with neither fining nor filtration, and extremely low levels of sulfur. Anticipated Maturity: 2006-2021

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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