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Mike D. Etzel has been the co-owner and winemaker at Beaux Frères since the late 1980s and began planting a vineyard adjacent to Beaux Freres in 2010. He then launched a new project with partner Carey Critchlow known as Sequitor. 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 closely-planted 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.
2016 Sequitur Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., $100. Unfined and unfiltered. Crafted by veteran winemaker Michael Etzel (Beaux Freres). · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, sous-bois, cedary oak and a subtle dried herb note. Enchanting charge of well-spiced dark cherry, boysenberry and black raspberry fruits envelope the palate with goodness. A firm backbone of tannins is supportive, an arrow of acidity adds vigor and toasty oak contributes complimentary accents. All the flavors come together in an exalted finish of uncommon length. Score: 94. Reviewed July 8, 2019 ARTICLE »
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 »