Inviting aromas of black plum, blueberry and licorice leap from the glass of this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and lead to layers of gingerbread spice and mint. This wine has the signature style of Etude with depth and richness of fruit and a velvety texture. The palate is full of dark fruit supported by supple tannins that are long and fine. An opulent Cabernet Sauvignon with powerful structure and intensity that underscores why this varietal is one of the major pursuits at Etude
Wine Spectator Rating:94 Points Robert Parker Rating:91 Points
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Wine Spectator Review:
A very stylish wine that's plush, rich and concentrated, offering an array of spicy currant, cedary oak, anise, herb and mineral flavors that are soothing, winning points for its polished texture and firm yet gentle tannins. Best from 2006 through 2013. 4,500 cases made. –JL
Robert Parker Review:
The superb 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa has superb aromatics of white chocolate, black currants, lavender, and spice box. This concentrated, deep, chewy 2002 should drink well for 10-12 years. -RP
Wine maker notes
Tony Soter, who now makes excellent Pinot Noir in Oregon under his Soter Vineyards label, laid the groundwork at Etude before selling it to the Beringer-Blass conglomerate. Still these wines remain velvety, suave, immediately enjoyable Pinots from Carneros that are characterized by red fruits, spices, forest floor scents and particularly fine-grained tannins. For years, Etude has been one of America's favorite Pinot Noirs on restaurant wine lists. Look also for the special Heirloom release, made from old Burgundy clones -- a step up in intensity and density from the regular bottling without loss of elegance.
Seafood: Tuna only served rare
Meat: Beef, duck, lamb, roast chicken, wild game.
Sauces: Meat stocks, mustard, pepper, red wine
Veggies: Mushrooms, squash
What began twenty five years ago as a philosophical state of mind is now a state-of-the-art winemaking facility where the ancient art of winemaking is pursued with a singular passion.
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.”
Working together in this oenological quest for perfection are current winemaker Jon Priest and viticulturalist Franci Ashton. They 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.