Sunday, December 1, 2013

Beaux Freres Upper Terrace Pinot Noir 2008

Date of Tasting: 26 September 2013
Wine Type: Red
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.5%
Origin: Oregon, USA
Appellation: Ribbon Ridge
Expect to Pay: ~ THB3,000 - 5,000 (retail price in Thailand)
Chubby Score: 94/100
Value for money: 8/10
Professional Rating: WS - 95/100, ST - 92/100, CT - 92/100

Appearance: dark medium tone ruby
Aroma: blueberry and floral floor with extravagance spices
Palate: medium body, aromatic with complexity,  and yet long haul, moderate tannins that integrate well to give silk-like palate touch, fruity with cherry, blueberry, and black currant notes, fine and elegant mineral and acidity to balance, bright and expressive are the words

I just love this wine a lot. It is right now accessible and I suspect that it would live well until the end of this decade. The texture was so smooth and delicious, silky in fact. It was less chewy than other USA pinot noir. This bottle is a no joke at all. Tremendous and wonderful. Lucky to have this Burgundian like pinot noir a few more in stock. Shall raise more glasses!!!

Score Explanation
95+ = classic and extraordinary
90+ = outstanding in its class
85+ = recommended wine with some degree of enjoyment
80+ = drinkable occasionally

WA = Wine Advocate
WS = Wine Spectator
WE = Wine Enthusiast
JR = Jancis Robinson
DC = Decanter
JS = James Suckling
BH = Burghound
FS = Falstaff Magazine
ST = Stephen Tanzer
CT = Cellar Tracker Average Score

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