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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.
92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011
Ruby-red. Blueberry, cassis, espresso, licorice and minerals on the soil-driven nose, with some sweet oak emerging with air. Dense but bright, with attractive violet lift to the dark fruit and licorice flavors. Energetic, pliant wine with an echoing finish that features firm but nicely integrated dusty tannins.