2018 Beaux Freres Jessie James Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Beaux Frères is the story of an uncommon encounter between the exceptional Willamette Valley, Oregon terroir and Founder Michael Etzel.
While on vacation in 1986, Michael Etzel came upon an 88-acre pig farm for sale located on Ribbon Ridge in the Northern Willamette Valley, Yamhill County, Oregon. After some deliberation, Michael purchased the farm with his brother-in-law (“beaux frères”), Robert Parker, Jr. Since their first vintage in 1991, the Beaux Frères philosophy remains the same; to produce a world-class Pinot Noir from small, well-balanced yields and ripe, healthy fruit that represent the essence of the vineyard, while also using organic and biodynamic practices. Today, Beaux Frères is recognized as an exemplary Estate in Oregon.
Named after owners Jessica and James Lee, this organically farmed, small homestead vineyard was planted in 1996 on a gentle southeast slope. Its "rain shadow" exposure, high-density planting, and 675 foot elevation allow for an elongated ripening period. Eola-Amity Hills AVA