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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 97039)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $66.99

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
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:

Inviting aromas of black plum, blueberry and licorice leap from the glass of this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and lead to layers of gingerbread spice and mint. This wine has the signature style of Etude with depth and richness of fruit and a velvety texture. The palate is full of dark fruit supported by supple tannins that are long and fine. An opulent Cabernet Sauvignon with powerful structure and intensity that underscores why this varietal is one of the major pursuits at Etude.

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 2005 bottling consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (98%) with a touch of Cabernet Franc (2%). The wine spent a minimum of 24 months in French oak barrels (80% new).

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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.