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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 2012
(no new oak; from vineyards on volcanic soils that are cooled by breezes through the Petaluma Gap): Pale yellow. Aromas of white peach, apple, lemon oil, minerals and flowers. Quite minerally and dry, with brisk acidity contributing firmness. A very pure, no-makeup style of chardonnay.