2011 Etude Pinot Noir Carneros
The Etude winemaking
team--Tony Soter, Jon Priest and Franci Ashton--follow a minimal
interventionist approach in crafting their Carneros Pinot Noir, which is
produced from fruit harvested from the rocky volcanic soils of Etude's estate
vineyards in the northwest corner of Carneros.
The Etude Carneros Pinot Noir is a true reflection of the winery’s
estate vineyard, Grace Benoist Ranch. A blend of the best grapes from
Deep ruby in color,
the 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir is driven by inviting aromas of ripe cherry and
red berries, and accented with notes of forest floor and Asian spice. The
classically structured palate showcases a seamless blend of lush, dark fruit
and oak, which is enhanced by refined tannins. Due to the low yield of this
vintage, this defined Pinot Noir has an intensely concentrated fruit core that
is balanced with a bright, lasting acidity.
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