Etude Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
Deep garnet in color, the 2007 Pinot Noir bottling offers inviting aromas of black cherry and frambois strawberry with hints of cardamom and clove. The palate bursts with rich fruit, cherry liquor notes, toasted oak and a distinct minerality. The concentrated fruit combined with the fine-grained tannins and lifted acidity creates a defined Pinot Noir with elegance and length.
PinotReport - "Medium-deep ruby color; deep, complex dark cherry and herbal aromas; rich. ripe, complex black cherry flavors with earthy, forest floor notes and some toasty oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, complex Pinot with the right amount of everything to drink really nicely right now. Needs some time to develop more fully."
Wine Enthusiast - "A beautiful Pinot Noir, deeply flavored and complex. It shows a silky, elegant mouthfeel, with powerful flavors of cherry and raspberry purée, mocha, Dr. Pepper and smoky sandalwood. Feels solid and impressive in texture, an important wine, and will drink well though 2014."
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Light ruby red hue. Pretty bouquet of smoked meats, spearmint and forest floor. Round, juicy mouth-feel showcases cherry, coffee and black pepper. Spicy notes ring out in the close along with well-integrated tannins and pepper-tinged acids. "
The Wine Advocate - "Etude's outstanding trio of Pinot Noirs begins with the dark ruby/plum-hued 2007 Pinot Noir Estate, which offers plenty of sweet cherry, pomegranate, wood spice, and forest floor characteristics in its round, gracious, expansive personality. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years."
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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, resulting in authentic varietal expression. View all Etude Wines
About CarnerosView a map of Carneros wineries
Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Notable FactsBoth Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Carneros are delicate, yet complex, with firm structure and acidity. And while the pair are the most popular varieties of the region, some winemakers have branched out, particularly with Syrah. The cool climate Syrah of Carneros is well structured and stylistically similar to Syrah from the Northern Rhone, though often fuller-bodied.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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6 ratings, 4 with reviews47/19/2010We really like this California Pinot -- it's got real delicacy too it, without being light.Jack Johnson - Saint Charles, MO51/5/2011I only have a glass and went back for more only to find out that my wife drank the whole bottle. This wine is very good and smooth.Brenda Hawk - White Hall, IL58/19/2010Excellant for a steak and for just sipping. Full body and mild to the palate at the end. Highly recommend this wine to people that are not big on an oak flavor.Joe Graf - Cary, NC57/9/2010We had this wine as part of a special dinner event. Was the perfect wine for Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin. I can see it pairing very well with Lamb too.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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