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2008 Etude Wines Pinot Noir Carneros (half bottle)
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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.

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2008 Etude Wines Pinot Noir Carneros (half bottle)

Producer: Etude Wines
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: California
Region: Other California
Appellation: Carneros

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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.)

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Carneros

Carneros straddles the borders of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys on the north coast of San Pablo Bay. This appellation has thin soils and receives little rainfall. As the sun heats up the vineyards and mountainsides of Napa Valley to the north, the rising hot air draws cool air and fog over Carneros from the ba
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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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