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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 2009
($100) Good ruby-red. Expressive aromas of black cherry, tobacco, cola, menthol, fresh herbs, earth and tar. Lush, ripe and sweet, with currant, plum and tobacco flavors framed by nicely integrated acidity. Showed a slightly peppery, herbal quality with aeration and finishes with dusty tannins that turned a bit green with aeration.