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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 91571)
collectible wine


PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted from several unique vineyards representing the major benchland sub-appellations of Napa Valley — Rutherford, St. Helena, Oakville and Calistoga. By deliberately sourcing fruit from this range of exemplary sources, the assembled wine attains the important range of expression and nuance that gives this wine its depth of character.

The blend for the 2003 bottling consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (97%) and Cabernet Franc (3%). The wine will spend a minimum of 24 months in French oak barrels (80% new). The components are aged separately for approximately 12 months, the assemblage is then crafted and the blend is returned to barrels for an additional year of aging before bottling.

The hallmark of this wine is the purity of the fruit aromas. Classic black cherry and currants begin the nose and lead into layers of wild berry fruit, cassis and black licorice spice. On the palate the wine is rich and lush with good structure and sweet mouth-filling tannins. An opulent Cabernet Sauvignon with powerful structure and intensity that underscores why this varietal is one of the major pursuits at Etude.

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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.