The Etude Pinot Noir Carneros Estate hails from our 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.
True ruby in color, the 2008 Pinot Noir bottling offers aromas of
strawberries and sous bois mingled with aromatic woods. Hints of sandalwood
and cedar on the nose are followed by elegant fruit flavor on the palate. Berry,
plum and a cherry core introduce the wine. The saturated cherry and confiture
notes are rounded out by brown spice, clove and oak toast on the finish. A
lushness arises from the warmer growing season, creating a lively and defined
Pinot Noir with freshness and length.