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Beaux Freres The Beaux Frères Vineyard Pinot Noir 1998
1.5L SKU 16391
Began as a very promising vintage that pleased us early on, but when the wine went into bottle it seemed to become uncharacteristically hard, tannic and backward. Frequent tastings over the last nine years have consistently shown a wine that is deep ruby/purple, with relatively high extract, rich and concentrated - promising yet somehow lacking charm and finesse. In just the past year the bottles we have opened seemed to have suddenly blossomed and the wine is not showing the hard tannin and tough personality that it had for it's first eight years of life. The wine is still very dark and the wine is an adolescent in terms of evolution. We think this wine is just entering its plateau of full drinkability and we are beginning to actually see the high hopes we had for this wine come to fruition. Maturity: Now (2007) + 8 to 10 years.
Rich and generous in flavor. A lush mouthful of blackberry, anise, vanilla and spice that lingers, balanced with a nice zing of citrusy acidity in the middle. Has layers of complexity without excess weight. Drink now through 2010. 1,400 cases made.
Score: 92, Harvey Steiman, May 15, 2000
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