Etude Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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.
"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."
"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."
"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 News
"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."
The Wine Advocate
We really like this California Pinot -- it's got real delicacy too it, without being light.
I 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.
Excellant 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.
Learn About Etude Map It
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.
Learn About Carneros
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.
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Learn About Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...
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