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2000 Etude Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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About Etude Wines

Tony Soter, who now makes excellent Pinot Noir in Oregon under his Soter Vineyards label, laid the groundwork at Etude before selling it to the Beringer-Blass conglomerate. Current winemaker, Jon Priest, continues to make velvety, suave, immediately enjoyable Pinots that are characterized by red fruits, spices, forest floor scents and particularly fine-grained tannins.

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2000 Etude Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Producer: Etude Wines
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2003

($80; bottled a week prior to my visit) Good saturated ruby-red. Crystallized berries, black cherry, chocolate and minerals on the nose. Sweet on entry, then surprisingly open in the middle considering the recent bottling, with notes of raspberry, currant, chocolate and mocha, all lifted by new oak. Chewy, ripe and strong; this builds and broadens from entry to back end. Tannins are strong but smooth. A superb effort for the year. According to Soter, this wine has an impressive 32 grams per liter of dry extract, which would go a long way toward explaining its density of texture.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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