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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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90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 1999
Bright ruby-red. Inexpressive nose hints at cinnamon. Sweet, thick and youthfully clenched; ripe hint of chocolate. A seriously structured, adult style of cabernet, most impressive today on the peacock tail of a finish. Perhaps not as solidly built as the '96 but this should age extremely well.