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Etude Pinot Noir Carneros 2005

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The 2005 vintage marks the inaugural release of our Temblor Pinot Noir, the second vineyard designated Pinot Noir from the Etude Estate Vineyards. These vineyards are tucked away in the far northwest corner of the Carneros Appellation and feature well-drained, rocky upland soils. The site includes six different soil types and a wide variety of topographical features. The vineyard parcels were customized to conform to the various soil types and the changing contours of the topography. The diverse sites on this beautiful property allow us to highlight certain portions of the vineyard by illustrating the variations of wine character attributable to different soil series and microclimates.The Temblor Vineyard is located on a gradual slope that faces East. The soils here are very well drained, with tightly packed volcanic boulders and cobbles braided throughout - a result of the Rodgers Creek Fault line which is adjacent to the vineyard. This site is directly influenced by the Petaluma Gap, causing the fog to develop early and recede late in the day. The gradual slopes and moderate microclimate allow for even vine growth and fruit ripening. While rich and full of flavor, the wines are built with a softer structure; finesse and grace.Concentrated pure fruit aromas of cherries and frambois strawberries with a hint of spice and earth begin the nose of this graceful Pinot Noir. The palate bursts with cherry and dark raspberry flavors with a smoky note that leads to round and velvety tannins. This well-structured and perfectly balanced wine offers an inviting minerality and bright acidity that will contribute to the wine's longevity.Wine Enthusiast | Cellar Selection | Steve Heimoff | February 2008This is Etude's inaugural bottling of this wine, a block designation from the estate. It shows not only classic Carneros quality, but something exotic. Dry and complex, the wine has cherry, cassis, raspberry and new oak flavors, with good acidity. That extra something is a feral, earthy quality, suggesting olive tapenade, sweet leather, tobacco and mushrooms that has got to come from terroir. Youthfully great now, and should age effortlessly for the next 8 to 10 years.Wine Advocate | Robert M. Parker, Jr. | December 28, 2007This is Etude's inaugural bottling of this wine, a block designation from the estate. It shows not only classic Carneros quality, but something exotic. Dry and complex, the wine has cherry, cassis, raspberry and new oak flavors, with good acidity. That extra something is a feral, earthy quality, suggesting olive tapenade, sweet leather, tobacco and mushrooms that has got to come from terroir. Youthfully great now, and should age effortlessly for the next 8 to 10 years.

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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

Member Reviews for Etude Pinot Noir Carneros

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Snooth User: atonalprime
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5.00 5
06/09/2009

Blood red color; hints of tobacco and catsup underneath the cherries on the nose; very complex taste with sour cherries; a long, wonderful finish of strawberry and cherry that makes me want to keep drinking, Overall I was surprised by the brightness of this wine, but i'm curious how the tannins will smooth over the next day or so in the bottle.


Snooth User: Gantt Hickman
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4.00 5
01/04/2010

Had a great structure after it opened up for a minute or two. Great cherry flavors and some nice strawberry as well. I am making this review after taking a few days off. I might be a little confused. Bottom line: I really liked this wine.


Snooth User: Chopine70
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4.00 5
10/10/2008

great structure, cherry and cedar notes are delish with turkey!


Snooth User: meganeh
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5.00 5
07/13/2014

Five glasses


External Reviews for Etude Pinot Noir Carneros

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Cherry, sandalwood and strawberries in a wine of pure grace. Ripe, full, but not in any way overdone. Perfect harmonies of scale, and one of the classiest wines on the table.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

This wine has a prevalent core of dark cherry and strawberry framed by a floral nose and peppery finish. With just the right amount of subtle, vanillin oak and bracing tannins, this wine would be a stellar match for salmon any night of the week.


External Review
08/04/2008

ST: Bright, deep red. Subtly complex aromas of bitter cherry, sandalwood, dried rose, spices and pepper. Juicy... in the style of the year. A lively, very fresh style of Pinot Noir.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Well-balanced, showcasing a focused, complex core of black cherry, anise, blackberry and nutmeg. Finishes with the right amount of tannin and good length. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A beautiful Pinot Noir, deeply flavored and complex. It shows a silky, elegant mouthfeel, with powerful flavors of cherry and raspberry purée, mocha, Dr. Pepper and smoky sandalwood. Feels solid and impressive in texture, an important wine, and will drink well through 2014.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The elements of this wine have yet to come together, though they're all there: ripe raspberry, framboise, smoke, herbs, mint, licorice. For now, the aromas are reduced, the flavors impacted and earthy, needing time to mature and take form.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

At Tony Soter's proprietary Etude Winery, Pinot Noir is king. Pinot Noir, the notoriously difficult grape that can reach sublime heights and is the soul of Etude.


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The 2005 vintage marks the inaugural release of our Temblor Pinot Noir, the second vineyard designated Pinot Noir from the Etude Estate Vineyards. These vineyards are tucked away in the far northwest corner of the Carneros Appellation and feature well-drained, rocky upland soils. The site includes six different soil types and a wide variety of topographical features. The vineyard parcels were customized to conform to the various soil types and the changing contours of the topography. The diverse sites on this beautiful property allow us to highlight certain portions of the vineyard by illustrating the variations of wine character attributable to different soil series and microclimates.The Temblor Vineyard is located on a gradual slope that faces East. The soils here are very well drained, with tightly packed volcanic boulders and cobbles braided throughout - a result of the Rodgers Creek Fault line which is adjacent to the vineyard. This site is directly influenced by the Petaluma Gap, causing the fog to develop early and recede late in the day. The gradual slopes and moderate microclimate allow for even vine growth and fruit ripening. While rich and full of flavor, the wines are built with a softer structure; finesse and grace.Concentrated pure fruit aromas of cherries and frambois strawberries with a hint of spice and earth begin the nose of this graceful Pinot Noir. The palate bursts with cherry and dark raspberry flavors with a smoky note that leads to round and velvety tannins. This well-structured and perfectly balanced wine offers an inviting minerality and bright acidity that will contribute to the wine's longevity.Wine Enthusiast | Cellar Selection | Steve Heimoff | February 2008This is Etude's inaugural bottling of this wine, a block designation from the estate. It shows not only classic Carneros quality, but something exotic. Dry and complex, the wine has cherry, cassis, raspberry and new oak flavors, with good acidity. That extra something is a feral, earthy quality, suggesting olive tapenade, sweet leather, tobacco and mushrooms that has got to come from terroir. Youthfully great now, and should age effortlessly for the next 8 to 10 years.Wine Advocate | Robert M. Parker, Jr. | December 28, 2007This is Etude's inaugural bottling of this wine, a block designation from the estate. It shows not only classic Carneros quality, but something exotic. Dry and complex, the wine has cherry, cassis, raspberry and new oak flavors, with good acidity. That extra something is a feral, earthy quality, suggesting olive tapenade, sweet leather, tobacco and mushrooms that has got to come from terroir. Youthfully great now, and should age effortlessly for the next 8 to 10 years.

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