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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Excellent Pinot Noir
A favorite pinot noir with a nice smooth taste.
One of the best Pinot I have tried. Very smooth and silky. I had it while enjoying a roast duck and I found it to be a very nice combination.
4.5 stars - killer
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Won a magnum of the 2006 at a raffle. Velvety smooth yet complex in flavor profile. Great for wino conversations. My honest opinion: great quality yet very standard pinot for price point. Nice to try just once due to notoriety of the region. Many burgundies and South American wines to explore at this price point.
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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