Best Of The Best 2006: Oregonian Opulence

<< Back to Robb Report, June 2006

One of three proprietors, Michael Etzel discovered the 88-acre prop­erty that would become Beaux Frères Vineyard in 1986. The Colorado resident’s brother-in-law, Robert Parker Jr., founder of The Wine Advocate, became a partner in the concern, which sought to transform the dairy farm into a vineyard producing top-tier Pinot Noir. A third partner, commercial developer and civil engineer Robert Roy, brought his development and financial acumen to the construction of the winery, and the first vintage was released in 1991.

Etzel’s technique emphasizes minimal handling, and fermentation is driven by natural yeasts. The secondary malolactic fermentation also occurs naturally, further refining the wines’ multitude of nuances. The Beaux Frères Willa­mette Valley Beaux Frères Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 resonates with a variety of fruit that includes red and black berries and cherry, as well as wildflowers, in a cool, stately, multilayered composition that rests upon a mineral bed of firm tannins. This new-world Pinot should possess the power to age with the grace of a Burgundy.

Beaux Frères Vineyard
503.537.1137
($75)
www.beauxfreres.com

 

From Around the Web...
Shinji Fukuyo is the chief blender for Suntory
Suntory’s Shinji Fukuyo has made award-winning whiskies. Will Whiskey Toki be next?
We offer up six refreshingly different margarita recipes to help you celebrate the day…
Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel, 18-Liter Bottle
Wine collectors can bolster their Zinfandel holdings at the annual auction that begins this week…
Highland Park Ice Edition ($300)
This first in a series pays tribute to Scotland’s Norse heritage…
Seductive red wines sure to sweep your sweetheart of her (or his) feet…
Produced in a near perfect vintage, Ovid’s latest release of Hexameter, its poetic red blend, makes...
Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International
These are the perfect Valentine's Day cocktails to share with your special someone…
Discover how pét-nats can add sparkle to your Valentine’s toast this year…
This might be the finest Madeira-finished Scotch ever…
These Champagnes are sure to make the heart grow fonder...