Bright red. Highly perfumed, seductive bouquet of black raspberry, cherry-cola, incense and dried rose, with a slow-mounting mineral element. Lively but strikingly concentrated as well, offering incisive red fruit and floral pastille flavors underscored by intense spice and mineral qualities. Really stains the palate and finishes with superb clarity and juicy, spicy raspberry and cherry notes. Etzel told me that a tiny bit of stems were used in this year's wine. (JR)
Light in color and body, this is deftly balanced to let the gorgeous raspberry, cherry and espresso flavors emerge easily and waft through the long, expressive finish, remarkably without much weight. Impressive for its style and refinement. (HS)
2008 is another very strong vintage for the Beaux Frères Vineyard bottling of pinot noir, as the wine offers up a deep and complex nose of plums, black cherries, cola, forest floor, a touch of sweet nuttiness and a nice framing of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and velvety on the attack, with a good core, moderate tannins and a long, tangy finish that still shows some CO2 in need of dissolution with further bottle age. The wine came in at the sweet spot of 13.6 percent octane and really seems extremely well-balanced at this ripeness level, with the depth and classy structure to age long and very gracefully. (Drink between 2018-2040).
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