Beaux Freres is located in the northern Willamette Valley, one of Oregon’s prime Pinot Noir regions. The winery includes 23 acres of vineyards planted mostly to Pinot Noir though there is also some Grenache. Founded in 1991, the winery is one of Oregon’s most admired Pinot producers. It is also noteworthy because one of the owners is the influential wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. Beaux Freres means “brothers-in-law” in French and the idea for the winery originally came from Parker’s brother-in-law Michael Etzel, who is the winemaker and managing partner. A third partner is Robert Roy. Though Parker’s Wine Advocate scrupulously does not review the wines or write about Beaux Freres, other reviewers give the wines excellent ratings.
Beaux Freres The Upper Terrance Pinot Noir 2014, made from the grape variety of Pinot Noir, has medium ruby, darkens with air with the faintest whiff of delicate oak char, plums and Asian spice. In the mouth the sweet cherry is kept in check with a touch of tannin. Slightly more muscle and tannin than the Willamette Valley or Beaux Freres. With aeration it displays mushroom and earthy undertones. Slightly more backward than the other wines. Finishes with presence and persistence on an open texture. Drink now through 2024.