As much as we may not like to admit it, the wines from Willamette Valley's Beaux Freres estate are really good. The association to famed wine critic, Robert Parker Jr. (he is the brother-in-law or 'beaux-frere' in French, to the founder, Michael Etzel) aside, it is Michael's son, Michael Jr. who is crafting their impressive Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.
This 2015 Pinot Noir is an excellent example of the great terroir of their estate Beaux Freres Vineyard, as well as Michael's skills in the cellar. We thought it only fitting to let Robert's words (at least we assume he writes the tasting notes) describe this current release, "a perfect ruby jewel in the glass. Twenty-five years later, our beloved original Estate has outdone itself. Silky-textured and vibrant with layers of tart red berries and mulling spice; then like a deep breath on a misty mountain morning eases seamlessly into fragrant damp earth. Captivating, intricate, and refined even in its youth, this wine’s impressive age-worthiness remains strong. Expect increasing complexity and grace for another twenty years or more."