56 Ratings
Etude Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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Wine Description

(From 2005 Vintage)

The focus at Etude begins with the grapes in the vineyard. Small vineyard lots are densely planted and the winery team adheres to sustainable winemaking practices. 

“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. … The palate is full of dark fruit supported by supple tannins that are long and fine,” Jon Priest, winemaker.

"Etude's 2005 defines power and authority, Napa style.  It's hard to imagine a Cabernet Sauvignon more explosive in blackberry, cherry and chocolate fruit flavor.  Yet the structure is superb, with firm but ultra refined tannins providing an architecture to house all that richness.  Beautiful now, and should age gracefully ." - From Wine Enthusiast  Magazine

96 Points, Wine Enthusiast
90 Points Wine, Robert Parket
90 Points, Wine Spectator

Winemaker's Notes

Wine Spectator:  86 points

The Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted from several unique vineyards representing the major benchland sub-appellations of Napa Valley — Rutherford, St. Helena, Oakville and Calistoga. By deliberately sourcing fruit from this range of exemplary sources, the assembled wine attains the important range of expression and nuance that gives this wine its depth of character.The blend for the 2003 bottling consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (97%) and Cabernet Franc (3%). The wine will spend...

Bright ruby-red. Aromas of currant, blackberry, tobacco and mocha turned spicier with aeration. Sweet and sappy on the palate, with noteworthy energy to its flavors of red berries, spices, minerals, t...

Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2001 Vintage) High in loamy, woodsy, caramelly complexities and solidly fruity in both nose and mouth, this fairly full-bodied bottling is supple and ever so slightly fleshy in palatefeel with underlying strata of ripe fruit, tannin and a dollop of finishing heat. Its solid center of fruit and good depth carries it and allows full expression of its black cherry, curranty, oaky flavors, and those attractions hold admirably in the lingering aftertaste.
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2001 Vintage) "A bold, rich, concentrated wine with lots of flavor dimensions and excellent structure. Dense and complex, with currant, anise, cedar and fresh earth flavors, it picks up chocolate and mocha on the finish, and should only get better over the next couple of years. Best from 2005 through 2013. 2,200 cases made. (JL)"
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1995 Vintage) Rating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 114 on Dec-97
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1995 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/05
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1997 Vintage) Rating: (91-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 120 on Dec-98