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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.
89-92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 1998
Saturated dark ruby to the rim. Extremely closed nose hints at cassis, black cherry and licorice. Stubbornly backward in the mouth, and currently hiding its underlying richness. This very tight, tannic and impressively long wine may ultimately merit a higher score.