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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 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2005
($90; just bottled) Ruby-red. Very ripe, rather claret-like aromas of currant, smoke, cedar, tobacco, lead pencil and mint. Then sweet, dense and seamless, with terrific depth of flavor. Finishes very long, with fine-grained tannins. This has a rather full 14.6% alcohol for an Etude cabernet but has the extract to support it.