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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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
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.
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.
Both Chardonnay...Read More About Carneros
Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...Read More About Other Red Blends
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