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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.
91+ Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Good full medium ruby. Pure, high-pitched aromas of black fruits, bitter chocolate, licorice pastille and crushed rock. Less sweet and giving today than the basic Napa Valley bottling, with tightly wound, pure flavors of crushed dark berries, licorice and minerals. This youthfully imploded, very firmly structured wine will need at least several years to expand in the bottle.