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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 | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2010
($100) Bright ruby-red. Black fruits, spices, coffee and chocolate on the nose, with hints of eucalyptus and tarry oak emerging with aeration. Deeper and more energetic than the Rutherford bottling, with a higher pitch to its pliant flavors of dark berry liqueur and spices. A sweeter, chewier wine that also offers a lighter touch. Finishes firmly tannic but not dry, with very good length. I'd give this a good five years in the cellar.