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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Etude Heirloom Pinot Noir 2007
Etude Heirloom Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 108636)
boutique wine
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 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:

Etude Heirloom Pinot Noir, produced from several heirloom selections of Carneros Pinot Noir, is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of plant diversity. It is an example of the superior wines – unusually expressive, concentrated and pure – that issue from original varieties or clones offering unique genetic characteristics.

All the fruit in this Pinot Noir is grown on the Etude Estate Vineyards in Carneros and comes from shy-bearing selections with a marked tendency to produce small, irregularly shaped bunches and very small berries. Growers typically hold such vines in low regard due to their inability to produce consistent crops. This tenuous economic viability threatens their existence.

This Intriguing and expressive Pinot Noir opens with aromas of raspberry, violet, black tea and spice. The generous fruit flavors and vibrant acidity create a broad palate. The velvety tannins and wonderful oak integration carry through on the long finish, which is persistent with hints of orange zest and spice. This young wine will continue to evolve for several more years and promises exceptional complexity and age-worthiness.

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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.