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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.
90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2005
Ruby-red. Cassis, blackberry, tar, lead pencil, eucalyptus and a whiff of band-aid on the nose. Cooler and less dense than the St. Helena example, with a stronger mint and herbal component, along with a flavor of bitter chocolate. Here, too, the tannins are a bit youthfully tough. This is from a blend of 40- and 60-year-old vines, according to Soter.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
94+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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