Yamhill-Carlton "Gran Moraine" Pinot Noir 2015, Beaux Frères
This vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA was planted in 2005 and is at an altitude of 250 feet. The Beaux Frères wine-maker Michael Etzel explained that the vineyard sits in a warmer pocket in the coastal foothills of Yamhill-Carlton. As a result some whole clusters are fermented. To the eye, this Oregon pinot noir presents a concentrated dark red colour. The warmth of the vineyard is apparent in the ripe blueberry aroma, complimented by oak spice and pepper. Roast beef, black tea and a Fat Duck quality edible moss. The ripe pinot berries further express themselves on the palate through a rich cherry, blackberry and blueberry flavour. Definitely a fruit-dominated palate. Medium plus body, nicely balanced and very quaffable with a potential to age well for another 3 years. This Yamhill-Carlton from the Beaux Frères winery is more Puccini than Wagner. Scores 80-82/100.