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Mike D. Etzel has been the co-owner and winemaker at Beaux Frères for 25 years and has now has launched a new project with partner Carey Critchlow. The inaugural Pinot Noir under the Sequitur label from the 2014 vintage was released at $100 a bottle.
This new wine is blended from fifteen clones of Pinot Noir (including Coury, Eyrie Wädenswil, Swan, Calera, Mt. Eden, Rochioli, and Martin Ray selections) grown biodynamically on never-farmed soil and is styled differently than Etzel’s previous wines. The wine was produced from a 12.5-acre estate vineyard planted adjacent Beaux Frères Upper Terrace Vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. Fermentations are done in a variety of vessels with indigenous yeast and aging is done in a moderate use of new French oak barrels sourced from a wide range of tonnelliers.
The wine is available through a mailing list and www.oregonpinotnoir.com.
2014 Sequitur Ribbon Ridge Oregon Pinot Noir
$100. A new project from winemaker Mike Etzel (Beaux Frères) and his spouse Carey Critchlow. A blend of 15 clones (including Coury “clone,” and California heritage clones including Calera, Mt. Eden and Martin Ray) grown biodynamically on never-farmed soil in Ribbon Ridge. The 12-acre vineyard is planted adjacent Beaux Frères’ Upper Terrace Vineyard. Cool fermentations are carried out using indigenous yeast in several different vessels. There was moderate use of lightly toasted new oak barrels from a variety of tonnelieries. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. An impressive debut wine, offering alluring aromas of cherry, rose petal, spice and pine needle, and mid weight flavors of baked cherry pie, ripe strawberry and spice. Impeccably balanced, with a sleek mouthfeel, and a finish replete with black cherry goodness. At once elegant and highly flavorful, this beauty is pure and refined. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine still had me singing its praises. Score: 94. Reviewed June 18, 2016 ARTICLE »