The beginnings of Beaux Frères Winery date back to 1986 when Michael Etzel discovered an 88-acre pig farm for sale located on Ribbon Ridge in the Northern Willamette Valley, Yamhill County, Oregon. He purchased the lot with his partner and brother in law, renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. After gaining harvest experience at Ponzi Winery, Michael harvested his first crop in 1990 and sold the grapes, but kept enough to make one barrel of his own Beaux Frères wine. Today the Beaux Frères Vineyard is located on that 88-acre farm atop Ribbon Ridge in the Chehalem Valley near Newberg and is planted exclusively with Pinot Noir. There are also Pinots produced from their Upper Terrace Vineyard and the Williamette Valley according to our Beaux Frères reviews. Regardless of which vineyard, the Beaux Frères philosophy is to produce world-class Pinot Noir from small, well-balanced yields that represent the essence of each vineyard. According to our Beaux Frères ratings, they have been successful thus far in doing so.
Winemaker Mike Etzel set out to design a more elegant, feminine companion Pinot to his much-acclaimed Beaux Frères bottling, and this wine really hits the mark. The bright fruit mixes tart raspberry/strawberry flavors that seem to gain weight and complexity in the glass. Over the course of an evening the wine draws you back to it again and again, as the fruit seems…— P.G. (11/1/2001)
Gorgeous aromas of bacon and cherry mix with toast before a palate that’s full of black cherry, plum and vanilla cream. The texture is marvelous, as is its pulse; this is a racy wine filled with rich fruit and firm acids.— W.E. (10/1/2002)
Though it was the most expensive bottle on the table, it was also one of the lightest. Elegance and restraint are virtues to be sure, and this is a lovely, harmonious wine, lightly dappled with cinnamon and herb. But at this price, from this producer, you want to be dazzled.— P.G. (7/1/2007)
Very dense color and aromas of dark fruit and oak. Black currants, roasted fruits and licorice flavors on the slightly tight palate; very dense texture. Closes with full mouth-coating tannins, this is a wine with a very big structure. Built for cellaring, it will reward keeping for 3 or more years.— W.E. (11/15/1999)