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2005 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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2005 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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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2009

($85) Good bright ruby. Ripe black fruits, mocha and chocolatey oak on the nose; showed a slightly medicinal note of chocolate/cherry liqueur with aeration. Very ripe and creamy in the middle in the character of so many 2005s, with a strong chocolate note and a slightly exotic, roasted quality. This full, dense cabernet finishes with broad, fine-grained tannins and sound acids but turned a bit chunky with air. (A second bottle, which I rated two points lower, showed a light raisiny note and some dryness on the finish.)

90 Points | Wine Spectator

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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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