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2008 Beaux Freres Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir The Upper Terrace Ribbon Ridge
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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2010

($90) Deep red with a bright rim. Deeper and darker in aroma and flavor than the other 2008s here, offering powerful cherry and black raspberry flavors, a hint of licorice and a chewy texture. The weightiest of this set and the most tannic as well, picking up sexy violet pastille and cola notes with aeration. This one will need the most patience of this year's releases but holds excellent promise. The Upper Terrace is planted to all Dijon clones, according to Etzel.

95 Points | Wine Spectator

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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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