Etude GBR Estate Red 2006
Other Red Blends from Carneros, California
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 Wine Advocate - "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 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, resulting in authentic varietal expression. View all Etude Wines
About CarnerosView a map of Carneros wineries
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 FactsBoth Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Carneros are delicate, yet complex, with firm structure and acidity. And while the pair are the most popular varieties of the region, some winemakers have branched out, particularly with Syrah. The cool climate Syrah of Carneros is well structured and stylistically similar to Syrah from the Northern Rhone, though often fuller-bodied.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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2 ratings, 1 with review511/23/2012
Wow, this wine blew me away. Complex fruit, supple tannins, a style I have not had since the 90s. I could drink this every day. Oh, this was good. great forward fruit, with moderate tannins. Just perfect!michael papay - Belvedere Tiburon, CA512/14/2011
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
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