Full Pull Cousins

Hello friends. I always enjoy trying to identify the year’s theme waaaaaay earlier than I should. And yeah, I get it, it’s just barely February, we’re only 34 days into a 366-day year, etc etc. But still. Sometimes themes emerge early.

And so far, an emerging theme of 2016 is The Year of Oregon Pinot Deals. This is our third Oregon Pinot offer of the year (after 2012 August Cellars Pinot and 2013 Patty Green Freedom Hill), and our third outstanding deal:

[Please note: while Les Cousins will be the main thrust of today’s offer, we also have access to three successive vintages of Beaux Freres’ outstanding “The Beaux Freres Vineyard” bottling, all at fine prices. See the bottom of today’s offer for that trio.]

2013 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Les Cousins  

Les Cousins is a real rarity. I believe this is only the fifth time since the 2001 vintage that Beaux Freres (known for much higher-end Pinots) has released Les Cousins. When they do release it, they don’t release much. When I heard the amount of 2013 juice that got sent up to Washington, I asked if we could purchase the entire Washington parcel. Fortunately that request was granted, because even the entire Washington allocation is barely enough to warrant an offer (I feel like a broken record, but once again: we’ll set order request limits at 6 bottles, but please don’t be surprised if eventual allocations are closer to 2-3 bottles).

What’s important to note about Les Cousins is that it comes entirely from barrels in the Beaux Freres cellar (no purchased juice here), and it includes barrels of estate vineyard fruit. A delicate pale ruby, it explodes out of the glass with high-toned aromas of red cherry and strawberry, rose petals and minerals. It’s an old-world/new-world bridge kind of nose, the kind you hate to see in a blind tasting, because you’re like “Restrained Oregon? Fleshy Burgundy? Oregon? Burg? Argh!” The palate continues the theme, with the kind of earthy/mineral core more often associated with French Pinot Noir, but just enough kiss of ripeness to lean you into the new world. It’s a balanced package that hangs together beautifully, and it offers a rare, well-priced glimpse into the Beaux Freres lineup.

2010 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir The Beaux Freres Vineyard

Here are the winery notes on this bottling, true for all three vintages: [TEXT WITHHELD].

Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Vinous (Josh Raynolds): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

2011 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir The Beaux Freres Vineyard

Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Vinous (Josh Raynolds): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

2012 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir The Beaux Freres Vineyard 

Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”

Vinous (Josh Raynolds): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Please limit order requests to 6 bottles of Les Cousins. For The Beaux Freres Vineyard bottlings, please limit order requests to 24 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in the next week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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