Etude Chardonnay Carneros 2010

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Pleasing aromas of Meyer lemon, apple blossom and white peach begin the nose of this inaugural vintage of Etude Chardonnay. On the palate, the wine has lively acidity, purity of fruit and a hint of minerality as well as a light cream chiffon texture. Mandarin orange and spice notes contribute to a long finish.

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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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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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External Reviews for Etude Chardonnay Carneros

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
01/16/2013

Inviting aromas of nectarine and lemon chiffon begin the nose of this Etude Chardonnay. On the palate, the wine has lively acidity and purity of fruit with flavors of white peach, guava and lime. The striking interplay of minerality, palate weight and length is the wine's hallmark. Apple blossom and spice notes contribute to a long finish.



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Pleasing aromas of Meyer lemon, apple blossom and white peach begin the nose of this inaugural vintage of Etude Chardonnay. On the palate, the wine has lively acidity, purity of fruit and a hint of minerality as well as a light cream chiffon texture. Mandarin orange and spice notes contribute to a long finish.

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