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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, dark red. Musky raspberry, strawberry and mineral aromas, with lower-toned smoke and earth. Rich and dense but lively too, with sound acidity framing the deep, thick berry flavors. Shows more intensity and verve than the basic Carneros release but needs a year or two to harmonize in the bottle. Finishes with a firm dusting of tannins and good length.