Etude Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve 2004

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Why? This is the rare Reserve bottling of Etude's "regular" 2002 Napa Cabernet that Wine Spectator Scored 94 Points (see below). This bottling is only 10% of the size of that production so order now because availability is extremely limited. Porthos Insider Scoop: Etude founder and winemaker Tony Soter gained fame as the original winemaker at 'cult' wineries Spottswoode and Araujo. The vineyards for this special Reserve Cabernet are in St. Helena near Spottswoode! PORTHOS TASTING NOTES: "WOW! This wine has all the elegance of first growth Bordeaux plus all the ripe dark fruit backbone that screams Napa panache. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cracked walnuts rounded out by chocolate powder and suede-like tannins. Delicious + HIGHLY recommend for long term aging!" Ready to drink now (after decanting 1 hour) or hold for 10+ years. Wine Spectator says: "A very stylish wine that's plush, rich and concentrated, offering an array of spicy currant, cedar oak, anise, herb and mineral flavors that are soothing, winning points for its polished texture and firm yet gentle tannins. 94 points J.L."

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  • 2004

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Winery: Etude Wines
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Etude Wines is dedicated to mastering the craft of winegrowing. In classical music, an etude is a composition with a technical focus that allows the musician to practice a particular technique. Similarly, Etude wines are the product of deliberate concentration on the instructive variables of the craft. The end game is not edification alone, but rather the wine itself as a source of enjoyment... Read more
Etude Wines is dedicated to mastering the craft of winegrowing. In classical music, an etude is a composition with a technical focus that allows the musician to practice a particular technique. Similarly, Etude wines are the product of deliberate concentration on the instructive variables of the craft. The end game is not edification alone, but rather the wine itself as a source of enjoyment. Chopin piano etudes are notoriously difficult but sublimely beautiful… this is an example of the practicing craft transformed to art. Founder and self described winegrower Tony Soter puts it this way: “There’s no better vehicle with which to study or practice the craft of winemaking than Pinot Noir. It is the most challenging, unforgiving and quixotic of all wine grapes, and yet the most delicate and transparent.” “Make no mistake it is a humbling pursuit, but when it’s right, Pinot Noir is a glorious and moving thing. It is in the pursuit of that experience that we all work.” Laboring alongside Soter in this oenological quest for perfection are veteran winemaker Jon Priest and viticulturalist Franci Ashton. Together, this talented trio works to transform the very finest Carneros and Napa Valley grapes into world-class wines sought out by the most discriminating wine lovers. In addition to its widely acclaimed Carneros Pinot Noir and legendary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Etude has also developed a loyal following for Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Merlot. Read less

Why? This is the rare Reserve bottling of Etude's "regular" 2002 Napa Cabernet that Wine Spectator Scored 94 Points (see below). This bottling is only 10% of the size of that production so order now because availability is extremely limited. Porthos Insider Scoop: Etude founder and winemaker Tony Soter gained fame as the original winemaker at 'cult' wineries Spottswoode and Araujo. The vineyards for this special Reserve Cabernet are in St. Helena near Spottswoode! PORTHOS TASTING NOTES: "WOW! This wine has all the elegance of first growth Bordeaux plus all the ripe dark fruit backbone that screams Napa panache. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cracked walnuts rounded out by chocolate powder and suede-like tannins. Delicious + HIGHLY recommend for long term aging!" Ready to drink now (after decanting 1 hour) or hold for 10+ years. Wine Spectator says: "A very stylish wine that's plush, rich and concentrated, offering an array of spicy currant, cedar oak, anise, herb and mineral flavors that are soothing, winning points for its polished texture and firm yet gentle tannins. 94 points J.L."

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