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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 | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 1998
Very deep color. Sappy black fruit, chocolate and licorice nose complicated by franc-like suggestions of chocolate and tobacco leaf. Very rich, sweet and layered, but bright and sharply defined. A seamless wine with subtle but explosive fruit that resonates on the firmly tannic finish. As good a showing as I can recall for Tony Soter own cabernet.