Etude GBR Estate Red 2007
Other Red Blends from Carneros, California
This second vintage of GBR is a blend of Merlot (85%) and Malbec (15%). The wine is deep ruby in color with luscious aromas of crushed berries, fruit compote, anise and black olive. A vibrant, magenta rim greets the eye indicating that the wine will age exceptionally well. Ripe black cherry and kirsch lead to black fruit and licorice flavors with baking spice and hints of espresso at the finish. The wine is round and lifted by subtle minerality with sumptuous tannins and a juicy core of concentrated fruit.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 GBR is a blend of primarily Merlot. It offers terrific aromas of licorice, damp forest floor, blueberries, boysenberries and black currants. Its dark color is accompanied by an elegant, impressively rich, supple-textured, round, seductive wine to drink over the next decade or more. "
Wine Spectator - "Rich, layered and concentrated, with currant and mocha oak aromas and dense blackberry, espresso and tomato leaf flavors that finish with firm but ripe tannins. Merlot and Malbec. Drink now through 2016. 636 cases made. "
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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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.