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Sherry-Lehmann USD 46.95 750ml

Etude Pinot Noir Carneros 2016

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Etude was founded on the philosophy that winemaking begins in the vineyard long before the harvest and that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker, resulting in authentic varietal expression. This remains their approach today as they continue to build the Etude legacy.

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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

Member Reviews for Etude Pinot Noir Carneros

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Snooth User: gkrilov87
78990918
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 02/13/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: canuck1106
116365713
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/05/2013

Five glasses


Snooth User: wyattgwyon
13495022
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 01/19/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/18/2010

Bright cherry and earth notes on the nose with a little peppery and spice on the palate. Dark fruits and blackberries start to appear as the taste lingers, an edgier finish with the tannins present, needs a little more time but very elegant


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/08/2009

- Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
38982702
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/16/2010

Good, tight Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir that exposes its personality reluctantly. Pure cool-climate Pinot Noir aromas followed by somewhat tart, spicy cherry and pomegranate fruit. Some tannin still obvious in the texture, clean finish. Not very warm-hearted at this point, and it suffered significantly next to an outstanding Ponzi Reserve from Oregon.


Snooth User: CENYC
739572305
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 04/09/2011

Solid California Pinot Tasted March 2011 Transparent ruby with black cherry shadows. Smell of prunes and damp roots. Medium-weight complex and satisfying body: It displays chewy, with some acid and some oak. Flavors are simple but full – sweet candy flavors balanced by pleasant white pepper. Finish is short and metallic. Overall the Pinot is delicious and satisfying. We tasted it against a Grand Cru Red Burgundy from ’07 and the Etude won hands down. For the money I might prefer some of the higher-end Saintsbury pinots like the “Lee Vineyard.” Review remains property of C. Elliot


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External Reviews for Etude Pinot Noir Carneros

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Vintage: 2011 12/12/2014

Founded 25 years ago by master winemaker Tony Soter of Spottswood fame, Etude is dedicated to mastering the craft of winegrowing. According to Soter "There’s no better vehicle with which to study or practice the craft of winemaking than Pinot Noir." Working with 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 grapes into world-class wines sought out by the most discriminating wine lovers. This 2011 offers aromas of black cherry, Asian spice and a concentrated fresh fruit core. Consistent with the nose, the palate also demonstrates the qualities of a well balanced Pinot Noir: refined tannins, bright acidity, a generous mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Due to the cool conditions of 2011 vintage, this wine offers an exceptional fresh acidic structure and fruit balance, which furthers its Burgundian like qualities.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 07/19/2013

The Carneros Pinot Noir from Etude shows a deft balance between elegant fruit structure and muscular structure, and is a classic representation of this varietal from California's North Coast.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 12/27/2011

Classically structured, the palate bursts with flavors of sweet frambois strawberries, red cherries and mocha. The lush fruit combined with the baking spice notes from aging in French oak creates a defined Pinot Noir with elegance and length.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/28/2012

Founded 25 years ago by master winemaker Tony Soter of Spottswood fame, Etude is dedicated to mastering the craft of winegrowing. According to Soter "There’s no better vehicle with which to study or practice the craft of winemaking than Pinot Noir." Working with 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 grapes into world-class wines sought out by the most discriminating wine lovers. This 2009 offers aromas of black cherry, Asian spice and a concentrated fresh fruit core. Consistent with the nose, the palate also demonstrates the qualities of a well balanced Pinot Noir: refined tannins, bright acidity, a generous mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Due to the cool conditions of 2009 vintage, this wine offers an exceptional fresh acidic structure and fruit balance, which furthers its Burgundian like qualities.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/27/2012

Classically structured the palate bursts with flavors of sweet frambois strawberries, red cherries and mocha. The lush fruit combined with the baking spice notes from aging in French oak creates a defined Pinot Noir with elegance and length.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/16/2013

Ruby and garnet in color, this Pinot Noir offers aromas of black cherry, Asian spice and sous bois that are lifted by a concentrated fresh fruit core. Consistent with the nose, the palate also demonstrates the qualities of a well balanced Pinot Noir: refined tannins, bright acidity, a generous mouthfeel and a lingering finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 10/31/2012

Our goal is to produce a distinctly styled Pinot Noir of the highest quality, a wine that can satisfy any Burgundian urge and yet be proud of its California roots.


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Etude was founded on the philosophy that winemaking begins in the vineyard long before the harvest and that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker, resulting in authentic varietal expression. This remains their approach today as they continue to build the Etude legacy.

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