Glistening straw-yellow. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of white peach, Anjou pear, melon and Meyer lemon carry a bright floral overtone. Juicy and densely packed, displaying a suave blend of richness and vivacity to the mineral-drenched citrus and orchard fruit and floral flavors. Picks up smoky lees, honey and iodine notes with air and shows outstanding clarity on a strikingly long, penetrating finish that echoes the mineral and citrus fruit notes. Fermented in new French oak barrels and raised for six months in clay amphora.
Meanwhile at the farm…
Willamette Valley stalwart Mike Etzel, who established Beaux Frères as one of the New World’s top sources for serious Pinot Noir, purchased this site in Ribbon Ridge and adjacent to Beaux Frères’ Upper Terrace vineyard with his wife, Carey Critchlow, in 2010. They planted 12 acres to 17 different clones of Pinot Noir in 2012 and 2013 so the vines are still young, even if their intensely perfumed and deeply flavored wines belie that fact. Early results here are stunning, which should come as no surprise given Etzel’s success at Beaux Frères. Sequitur should already be counted as among Oregon’s top sources for Pinot Noir.
Sequitur Pinot Noir 2018
Bright ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, cherry pie, potpourri and exotic spices, all sharpened by a smoky mineral overtone. Deeply concentrated and energetic in the mouth, offering sappy, mineral- and spice-drenched black raspberry, cherry cola and rose pastille flavors that spread out steadily on the back half. Shows fine definition and finishes extremely long and sappy, with polished tannins and lingering floral and blue fruit liqueur notes. 25% new oak.
Sequitur Pinot Noir Amphora 2018
Limpid ruby-red. Expressive scents of ripe red berries, candied rose and Asian spices, along with a mineral element that emerges with aeration. Silky, sweet and focused on the palate, offering vibrant black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors complemented by a hint of spicecake. In a seamless, graceful style, showing impressive clarity and smooth, rounded tannins on the strikingly long, floral-tinged finish. Fermented and aged in clay amphoras for 10 months.
A very succulent, concentrated pinot with a strong (40%) whole-cluster influence, delivering sappy, fresh and aromatic lift to the blueberry and ripe-cherry aromas. The palate has such succulent and assertive tannin drive, yet the textural interface remains silky and fluid. It has depth and volume and a very commanding finish. Give this some time. Try from 2024.
Beautifully deep, blueberries and plums on offer with notes of fresh violets and moist, fresh-tilled earth. This if full of life and very pure. The palate has focused and fresh tannins that sit in very vibrant style with a deep push of concentrated blue fruit, holding the fruit, holding the finish in superb style. So fresh and long, this will age well. Drink across the next decade or more.
Dynamic and multilayered, with boldly expressive raspberry and blueberry flavors that take on notes of spice, underbrush and black tea, building speed toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2014. 25 cases made.
Glimmering red. A hugely aromatic bouquet evokes fresh red fruits, Asian spices and potpourri, along with a bright mineral overtone and a touch of smokiness. Juicy, seamless and precise on the palate, offering potent, mineral-laced raspberry preserve, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out steadily on the back half. Delivers a compelling blend of power and finesse and finishes with silky tannins, outstanding clarity and floral-and-mineral-driven persistence.
Lurid red. Spice-tinged blackberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of cola, incense and smoky minerals. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated dark berry and spicecake flavors and suggestions of rose pastille and mocha that build with air. Concentrated by also vibrant and precise in style, delivering superb finishing cut, well-knit tannins and impressive, fruit-driven persistence. (30% new French oak)
Josh Raynolds, February, 2019
Sequitur is a new project from Mike Etzel of Beaux Fréres and his partner Carey Critchlow, who planted their Sequitur vineyard just next to Beaux Fréres’ Upper Terrace vineyard. The 2016 Pinot Noir is earthy and savory with ripe fruit—classic and everything I hope for in a great Pinot from Ribbon Ridge. – Erin Brooks, December 18, 2018
Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Sequitur Pinot Noir has a lovely, open nose of black and red cherries and blackberries with notions of wood smoke, turned earth, autumn leaves, cardamom and potpouri. Medium-bodied, it floods the mouth with rip black and red fruits with wonderful earthy/spicy accents, very fine, grainy tannins and mouthwatering acidity, finishing long with spice and floral layers. 480 cases produced. – Erin Brooks, September 2018
The 2016 Sequitur Chardonnay has a gregarious nose of spiced, baked yellow apples and warm pineapple with notes of toast, honey, hazelnut and hay. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with warm orchard and tropical fruits accented by nuances of baking spice, nuts, and honey, with a touch of creaminess to the texture, juicy acidity and a long, mineral-laced finish. 85 cases produced. – Erin Brooks, September 2018
Pale to medium ruby purple in color, the 2015 Sequitur Pinot Noir has a very provocative nose of Bing cherries and cranberries over a core of red roses, game, yeast extract and underbrush. Medium-bodied with wonderful energy and freshness. It has a lively backbone and long finish paved with very fine, ripe tannins. – Lisa Perotti Brown, August 31, 2017
Deep brilliant red. A strikingly complex bouquet evokes ripe, mineral-accented red berries, cherry cola, vanilla, five-spice powder and sandalwood. Alluringly sweet, seamless and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry, cherry liqueur, spicecake and lavender pastille flavors that are given spine and lift by a core of juicy acidity. Delivers a compelling blend of power and delicacy and finishes extremely long and smooth; rounded tannins fram teh lingering red fruit preserve notes. – Josh Raynolds, October 2017
Sequitur is a 12.5-acre addition to Beaux Freres’ estate vineyard on Ribbon Ridge. Owner Mike Etzel put his son, Mike D. Etzel, in charge of managing the vineyard, a mix of heritage clones, including Chalone, Swan, Calera, Rochioli and Mt. Eden from California along with Oregon’s Coury cloneand some Wadenswil that David Lett planted 50 years ago. Mike D. makes the wines under a separate label. The inaugural 2014 vintage shows terrific presence and depth for such young vines in a lithe and harmonious style.
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