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 individual vineyard designates on the Ranch, this wine tells the story of a particular vintage from a very unique place.
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.
Robert Parker(2013 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/23/2014
Wine Advocate(1992 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 102 on Dec-95
Wine Spectator(1992 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/95