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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Etude Heirloom Pinot Noir 2005
Etude Heirloom Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 97037)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
The Wine News rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2003 Burghound.com rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Pinot Noir begins with an expressive nose of violets, fresh ginger, raspberry and clove. The palate is broad with rich, mouth-filling flavors of crushed red fruit. The velvety tannins and wonderful oak integration carry through on the long finish. This young wine will continue to evolve for several more years and promises exceptional complexity and age-worthiness.

90 Points

"The 2005 Pinot Noir Heirloom reveals the darkest color, the most tannin and structure, but also the deepest fruit. Offering long, rich red and blackberry, roasted herb, forest floor, and gamey notes, good acidity, and plenty of tannin, it is a seriously-endowed Pinot to drink between 2009-2014."
Wine Advocate

91+ Points

"Bright aromas of raspberry, flowers and minerals. Concentrated and distinctly wild, with excellent depth of fruit but less obvious sweetness and pliancy than the Temblor or Deer Camp. This juicy, firmly structured pinot needs at least a couple years of bottle aging to express itself." Stephen Tanzer
International Wine Cellar

94 Points

"Youthful, atypical hue; purple to the rim. Smoky blueberry and plum aromas with a good whiff of eucalyptus. Plump, juicy flavors of black cherry and plum with a lively menthol buzz. Muscles-up in the close with youthful tannins, drying minerals and fresh acidity."
Wine News

"Having tasted the already extraordinary, richly full-bodied 2005 Etude Heirloom Carneros Pinot Noir…we're eager to re-taste it in a year to two to see how time brings out its aromatics and mellows its boldness. A wine that would be ideal for celebrating your own next big anniversary. -Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page,
Washington Post

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About Etude Wines:

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.