(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
Bright ruby-red. Complex nose melds dark berries, dark cherry, black licorice, black olive and smoked meat; jammy without being cooked. Suave, sweet and tactile, with more lift in the middle palate th...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesBlack cherries, a bit of raspberry and creamy oak come together nicely in the concentrated aromas and dense, fairly direct flavors of this rich, and ripe-leaning wine. Fat and fleshy on entry, with a good bit of tannin firming things up at the end, the wine is a bit monochromatic at this point in time and clearly commends time in the cellar. Beneath its ripeness and sweet oak, however, there are signs of complexity to come, and while three or four years of patience will be of real help here, a ha...
Wine SpectatorRating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/31/05
Robert ParkerRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 168
Wine AdvocateRating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06