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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.
92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012
(the last vintage of this bottling to include purchased grapes from the J. J. Cohn Vineyard in Rutherford; as of 2009 it will be made entirely from Morisoli fruit): Good dark ruby. Pure aromas of blue fruits, graham cracker and graphite minerality. Sweet, smooth, fleshy and concentrated, with lovely life and aromatic lift to the warm flavors of blue fruits and menthol. Finishes very long and firmly structured, with a serious tannic spine. A classic Rutherford blend. If the Oakville wine is dominated by black fruits, this one is more blue.