What do you get when you mix an old pig farm with the wine expertise of Robert Parker, Jr.? Exceptional Oregon Pinot Noir, of course. Parker, along with his brother-in-law Michael Etzel (Sr.) and third partner Robert Roy realized their goal of creating premium Pinot with their first vintage in 1991. Their estate property, the old pig farm, is 24 acres of tightly-spaced, low-yielding vines on the steep slopes of Ribbon Ridge in Northern Willamette Valley.
Winemaking philosophy and technique follow a commitment to minimal intervention, with native yeast fermentations and only one racking prior to bottling. All the wines are unfined and unfiltered. The wine remains in French oak for a period of 10-12 months, in varying proportions of new wood depending on the strength of the vintage. Because of the reductive winemaking style, which keeps the wine away from oxygen as much as possible, Beaux Freres Pinots are made for bottle age.
Beaux Freres' second generation has taken over day-to-day winemaking and vineyard management. We expect to see a continuation of the outstanding Beaux Freres wines with Mike Etzel, Jr.