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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.
88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011
Medium red. Aromas of strawberry, sandalwood and smoked meat. Juicy and nicely concentrated, with slightly edgy acidity and hints of underbrush and coffee. Showed some strawberry and raspberry with air, but this is more about soil than primary fruit. Finishes with a suggestion of disjointed acidity. (By the way, I retasted the 2007 Heirloom pinot and liked it even more than I did last year. It's a dense and extract-rich wine that offers a compelling combination of red fruits, spices and earthy complexity, in a distinctly Burgundian style. This year I rated it 92.)