Etude Deer Camp Pinot Noir 2007

Pinot Noir from Carneros, California

Price: $55.99
Item No. 108638
  • WE95
  • RP92
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • RP92
  • ST92

Winemaker's Notes

The Deer Camp Pinot Noir is named for an old deer camp structure that stands at the base of the vineyard. The parcel is so unique that we consider it to be a "vineyard within a vineyard." The Deer Camp vineyard is the western facing slope of two vineyards we collectively refer to as the "Pinot Bowl." It overlooks Rodgers Creek Fault, just a stone's throw away. The soil series on the western slope is Kidd Stony Loam, a rocky, well-drained soil that contributes to the small size of the vines. The expressions from this site include dark fruits, overt structure and balanced acidity.

Saturated boysenberry and blueberry aromas mingle with hints of truffle and creamy oak spice on the nose of the 2007 Deer Camp Pinot Noir. The wine has a sweet, dense fruit entry that leads to a juicy palate filled with ripe plum and boysenberry confiture. The finish is long with hints of orange zest and sweet spice. This is a powerful and serious Pinot Noir with great depth of fruit, supple tannins and vitality.

Critical Acclaim

"This has been one of Etude's best bottlings, and 2007 was a great year. If you enjoy sheer, decadent deliciousness in your Pinot Noirs, this is one for you. The palate first is struck by the rich waves of cherry pie filling, raspberry essence and sweet, vanilla-tinged, smoky oak. Then it discovers the soft silkiness, and finally the firm, fine tannins kick in, providing structure. Just beguiling, and should develop in the bottle over the next 5–6 years."
95 Points

"The richest effort is the 2007 Pinot Noir Deer Camp. Lots of minerality buttresses the wine’s full-bodied, black cherry, cranberry, and strawberry flavors. It possesses excellent texture, power, depth, and richness as well as moderate tannin. One to two years of cellaring is warranted, and it should evolve for at least a decade."
92 Points

Learn About Etude Map ItMap It

The underlying philosophy at Etude Wines is that winemaking begins in the vineyard, long before the grapes are harvested. Winemaker, Jon Priest, believes that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker and results in a wine that is grown, not made. Etude specializes in two classic red varieties: Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Though modeled on the best from Burgundy to Bordeaux, these wines speak clearly of their contemporary California origins, combining rich, ripe fruit with an elegant and opulent mouth feel.

Learn About Carneros

Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Notable Facts Both Chardonnay...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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