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Etude Cabernet Sauvingon Rutherford 2004

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The 2004 vintage rewarded us with fully-developed Cabernet Sauvignon with supple and ripe tannins. Bud-break started relatively early and berry set was smaller than average. By early September the grapes were on the verge of full development. Shortly after Labor Day, the dry northeast winds brought hot continental temperatures into the valley. This effectively brought on fast maturity to the grapes right at the end of ripening. The dry winds concentrated an already small yield and the high tempera- tures brought a level of flavor ripeness generally not reached without extended time on the vine. The resulting wines are heady, powerful and delicious. This is the fourth vintage of Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was produced from some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in the Napa Valley. The majority of the fruit was sourced from the highly-acclaimed Cohn Vineyard, which has been under the watchful eye of two generations of the Cohn family. The fruit from this vineyard exemplifies why Rutherford "dust" is such a hallowed name among Napa Valley Cabernets. Additional Cabernet Sauvignon was selected from the adjacent Morisoli Vineyard, which brings a crushed berry character to the wine. This Rutherford Cabernet was aged for 26 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Inviting aromas of blueberry, boysenberry and gingerbread begin the nose of this ripe, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon and mingle harmoniously with notes of cocoa powder and olive. The palate has wonderful fruit saturation, opulent texture and balance. Dark berry flavors and hints of the signature Rutherford dust linger on the finish. While wines of this can be aged for many years, it would be a shame not to enjoy this wonderfully ripe, young wine in the near term before putting some away for the long haul. Wine Advocate | Robert M. Parker, Jr. | December 28, 2007The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford possesses abundant amounts of black currant fruit along with that loamy soil character often referred to as "Rutherford dust," hints of bay leaves and mint, along with subtle pain grille and spice box notes. Full-bodied and rich with a velvety texture, it should drink beautifully for 15+ years.

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Etude Wines:
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

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Snooth User: Philip James
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02/05/2008

Thick dark fruit. Nice long finish with good minerality. Tasted at the New York Wine Experience


External Reviews for Etude Cabernet Sauvingon Rutherford

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The classic, deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers aromas of tobacco leaf, cedar, black currants, tar, licorice, and espresso. Full-bodied, powerful, and opulent, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15 or more years.


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04/24/2009

The classic, deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers aromas of tobacco leaf, cedar, black currants, tar, licorice, and espresso. Full-bodied, powerful, and opulent, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15 or more years. Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This is a great Cab that showcases the agreeability of certain Napa Cabs. It's tightly would now, with acids and rich tannins overshadowing the pure, sweet blackberry, black cherry and cassis flavors. Impressive for its intensity, power and harmony. Drink tonight, or cellar it for a decade.


External Review
10/22/2010

15.2% alcohol; from 30-year-old vines in Block 6 of Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard) Bright ruby-red. Complex nose melds dark berries, dark cherry, black licorice, black olive and smoked meat; jammy without being cooked. Suave, sweet and tactile, with more ... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Even though he is making Pinot Noir in Oregon, Tony Soter continues to excel with his offerings from Napa. Etude's big, deep ruby-colored 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers notes of earth, spice, vanilla, and copious quantities of black fruits. Still playing it close to the vest, its medium to full-bodied, tannic, structured, pure, layered, impressively endowed 2001 requires 2-3 years of cellaring; it will drink well for 12-15 years.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A bold, rich, concentrated wine with lots of flavor dimensions and excellent structure. Dense and complex, with currant, anise, cedar and fresh earth flavors, it picks up chocolate and mocha on the finish, and should only get better over the next couple of years. Best from 2005 through 2013.



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The 2004 vintage rewarded us with fully-developed Cabernet Sauvignon with supple and ripe tannins. Bud-break started relatively early and berry set was smaller than average. By early September the grapes were on the verge of full development. Shortly after Labor Day, the dry northeast winds brought hot continental temperatures into the valley. This effectively brought on fast maturity to the grapes right at the end of ripening. The dry winds concentrated an already small yield and the high tempera- tures brought a level of flavor ripeness generally not reached without extended time on the vine. The resulting wines are heady, powerful and delicious. This is the fourth vintage of Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was produced from some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in the Napa Valley. The majority of the fruit was sourced from the highly-acclaimed Cohn Vineyard, which has been under the watchful eye of two generations of the Cohn family. The fruit from this vineyard exemplifies why Rutherford "dust" is such a hallowed name among Napa Valley Cabernets. Additional Cabernet Sauvignon was selected from the adjacent Morisoli Vineyard, which brings a crushed berry character to the wine. This Rutherford Cabernet was aged for 26 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Inviting aromas of blueberry, boysenberry and gingerbread begin the nose of this ripe, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon and mingle harmoniously with notes of cocoa powder and olive. The palate has wonderful fruit saturation, opulent texture and balance. Dark berry flavors and hints of the signature Rutherford dust linger on the finish. While wines of this can be aged for many years, it would be a shame not to enjoy this wonderfully ripe, young wine in the near term before putting some away for the long haul. Wine Advocate | Robert M. Parker, Jr. | December 28, 2007The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford possesses abundant amounts of black currant fruit along with that loamy soil character often referred to as "Rutherford dust," hints of bay leaves and mint, along with subtle pain grille and spice box notes. Full-bodied and rich with a velvety texture, it should drink beautifully for 15+ years.

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