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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.
87 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2010
($100) Full ruby-red. Pungent aromas of chocolate, sassafras, menthol and herbs. Very oaky in the mouth, with a musky quality to the flavors of currant, tobacco, brown spices and eucalyptus. There's sweetness here but I wanted more fruit. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins and building oak tones of chocolate and spice.