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2010 Etude Wines Pinot Noir Carneros
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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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2010 Etude Wines Pinot Noir Carneros

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

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88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013

Bright medium cherry-red.  Aromas of raspberry, cola and licorice, plus a whiff of stewed fruits and earth.  Broad, fat and sweet on the palate, showing some superripeness but also good freshness to the flavors of raspberry, sassafras and earth.  Nicely silky and welcoming but I'd like to have seen a bit more verve from this perennial restaurant-list favorite. (A second bottle, which I rated 87, showed a strong mocha, underbrush and woodsmoke character and less in the way of bright fruit.)

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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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