The inaugural release of Etude Carneros Pinot Noir hails from
their vineyard tucked away in the far northwest corner of the Carneros appellation. Unlike
customary Carneros acreage, which is largely uplifted bay bottoms with soils composed of clay,
the soils on the Etude Estate site are variations of volcanic origin. They are well drained, rocky
upland soils. Combining these soils with the extreme western location closer to the Pacific
Ocean makes this site a decidedly distinct destination.
Etude's goal is to produce a distinctly styled Pinot Noir of the highest
quality, a wine that can satisfy any "Burgundian" urge and yet be proud of its California roots. The 2004
Estate bottling is bright and engaging with aromas of cola, cranberry and graham crackers supported by
subtle notes of nutmeg. Beautifully structured and lush, the mouth is loaded with complex layers of cherries,
brown spices and hints of roasted meats that surround silky tannins that persist throughout a long finish.