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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.
91 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
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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