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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.
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
Good bright ruby. Inky blackberry, licorice, mint and violet on the nose, plus a suggestion of roasted herbs. Sweeter on the palate, but with some slightly tart acidity to the flavors of crushed blueberry, herbs, tobacco leaf and Rutherford dust. Obvious oakiness throughout. Finishes firmly tannic, with a lightly herbaceous quality and a touch of dryness.