Very rich and smooth. Aroma and taste of sweet blueberry and vanilla.And easy drinking, low tannins, cinnamon and brown sugar, black cherry, long finish.
(From 2009 Vintage) Ruby and garnet in color, the 2009 Carneros 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. 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.
Amazing, buy! 96 Points Wine Enthusiast: "Etude's 2007 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 ultrarefined tannins providing an architecture to house all that richness. Beautiful now, and should age gracefully for a decade."
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2004 Vintage) Black 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 Spectator(From 2004 Vintage) Rating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/31/05
Robert Parker(From 2004 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 168
Wine Advocate(From 2004 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06
Wine Advocate(From 1995 Vintage) Rating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 114 on Dec-97