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1996 Etude Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (in magnum)
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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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1996 Etude Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (in magnum)

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

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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.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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