Winegrowing: GBR is a proprietary red blend sourced from Etude's Estate Vineyards at Grace Benoist Ranch, for which the wine is named. The vineyards are tucked away in the far northwest corner of the esteemed Carneros Appellation in Sonoma Valley. The Merlot, Malbec and Syrah that comprise the blend are ideally suited to the diverse microclimates and rocky soils of the site and offer a unique expression of the land.
Tasting Notes: his inaugural vintage of GBR is a blend of Merlot (71%), Malbec (17%) and Syrah (12%). The wine is deep ruby in color with luscious aromas of crushed berries, fruit compote, anise and black olive. A rich, dark fruit entry leads to flavors of cassis, black plum, coffee bean and cedar. The wine is dense and well-balanced with a hint of minerality and a lingering finish.
"The outstanding, opaque purple-colored 2006 Proprietary Red reveals notes of blueberries, bay leaf, licorice, white chocolate, and espresso roast. Dense, rich, and full-bodied with elegance allied with power and purity, this beauty should drink well for 15-20 years. "
The Wine Advocate