The First Release of
A Significant New American Pinot Noir
2014 Sequitur Pinot Noir
$100 / bottle
Winemaker Mike Etzel Parlays 25 Years of Oregon Winemaking into A New Label That is Pinot His Way
What It Is
OregonPinotNoirDotCom is very pleased to announce the first public offer anywhere of the 2014 Sequitur Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, from Beaux Freres owner / winemaker Mike Etzell and his partner Carey Critchlow. This is a completely new wine, blended from 15 clones of pinot noir that were grown biodynamically on never-farmed soil, and sporting a character and style quite unlike Etzel’s previous work.
Given the winemaker’s track record, and because the wine in the bottle is remarkable, I expect this label to quickly attract significant attention, and to become a sought-after item at the highest level of American Pinot Noir winemaking. Aficionados of top-shelf pinot noir should consider it a priority to seek out and acquire some of this wine.
The 2014 Sequitur is a wine of exceptional balance and grace that displays impressive depth of flavor and dense fruit extract. Saturated deep red and black fruit flavors are expansive in the mouth, caressing with a rich, silken texture. There’s enough acidity to keep things fresh and lively, but one cannot ignore the wave after wave of rich fruit flavors that drench the palate, fading eventually into an extremely persistent and harmonious finish. Super-fine, ripe tannins make a showing after the wine has been open a day, but fruit is the star of this vinous show, not overdone structure. While deliciously drinkable now, the 2014 Sequitur will cellar for a decade or more as it evolves through interesting older stages. My rating is 94-96 points on the 100 point scale.
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The Whole Story
For Etzel, the project is new beginning. With the launch of Beaux Freres 25 years ago, Etzel and partners Robert Parker, Jr. and Robert Roy created a bombshell pinot noir that was controversial for it’s style. Nonetheless, that wine and its evolving style — now more supple and fruit-centric than the earliest iterations — has become an iconic American pinot noir bottling, and winemaker Etzel has racked up accolades as numerous and glowing as anyone in the business, and far more than most.
Now Etzel and soon-to-be wife Critchlow (they are literally getting married tomorrow) are producing a new pinot noir — without other partners — that is a both distillation of everything learned in 25 years of making Beaux Freres, while being stylistically quite unlike Beaux Freres.
|Sequitur Vineyard from the air|
The wine was produced from a 12-acre estate vineyard planted adjacent to Beaux Freres’ highly regarded Upper Terrace Vineyard, source of that winery’s most highly acclaimed wine. The plot has ideal southeast and southern exposure, with the sedimentary soils that makes the Ribbon Ridge AVA is reknown. The site is protected on three sides by significant stands of Douglas Fir trees, and the soil had never been farmed prior to the grape vines going into the ground.
The site is planted with 17 different clones of pinot noir, including the rare Coury Clone along with heritage clones from California including Calera, Mt. Eden and Martin Ray, all originally sourced from Burgundy. The diversity of material is a key factor in the complexity of the finished wine.
More lessons are put to use in the winery, where fermentations take place in a variety of different vessels, as each adds a slightly different flavor to the finished wine. Cool fermentations avoid the extraction of harsh flavor or textural elements, and are completed by indigenous yeast only. The wood regime includes a moderate use of new barrels, with only light-toast oak used. To add even more complexity, barrels are sourced from a broad range of tonnelieries.
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