Since their inaugural vintage in 1991 the goal at Beaux Frères has remained the same: to produce a world class Pinot from small, well-balanced yields and ripe, healthy fruit that represents the essence of their vineyard. It was Michael Etzel who discovered the property in 1986, then an 88 acre pig farm for sale on Ribbon Ridge in the Chehalem Valley, Yamhill County. After some deliberation he bought it with his brother-in-law, Robert Parker (hence the name) and moved from Colorado with his family. While planting the vineyard Michael worked four vintages at Ponzi Winery and in 1990 harvested his first crop which he sold keeping back one barrel. 1991 saw the arrival of a third partner, Robert Roy, and a renovation of the barns led to the creation of Beaux Frères Winery.
Beaux Frères have two vineyards: Beaux Frères itself and The Upper Terrace. Beaux Frères is obviously the estate vineyard. Nearly fifty acres is covered with Douglas fir and thirty acres is planted with vineyard on steep, contiguous south-east, south and south-west facing hillsides of Willakenzie soils at elevations of around 400ft. The Upper Terrace is an adjacent parcel on the crest of the hill north of the Beaux Frères Vineyard and consists of ten plantable acres of south-east facing hillsides. The soils are also Willakenzie at the same sort of elevations as Beaux Frères. Eight of the ten acres are planted with five of the new Dijon clones (777, 667,113, 114, 115) and the remainder with Grenache.
This wine is made from the fruit grown on the original estate vineyard. It consists...