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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 2004
(bottled the week before my visit to the new Etude winery in Carneros) Good medium ruby. Crystallized currant, licorice and smoke on the vibrant nose. Dense and firmly structured, with dark berry, licorice and tar flavors. Offers a peppery impression of concentration. Finishes sappy, firmly tannic and long. I would not be surprised if this wine merited a higher score five to seven years from now.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
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