Etude Chardonnay Carneros 2010
Chardonnay from Carneros, California
Notes of Golden Delicious apple and honeydew melon are at the forefront of this classic Burgundian styled, fruit driven Carneros Chardonnay. With lively movement from entry to finish, this juicy, well-balanced wine is accompanied by crisp, bright fruit notes.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Etude's 2010 Chardonnay is a gorgeous, tight wine laced with crushed rocks, green pears and lemon. The aromas and flavors are all bright and focused in this vibrant, taut Chardonnay. Winemaker John Priest blocks the malo on his Chardonnay, which helps preserve freshness and bring forward tons of aromatic nuance. This is a gorgeous showing. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. "
Wine Enthusiast - "A strong, distinguished Chardonnay, this is rich and concentrated, yet elegantly dry. There are plenty of tropical fruit and citrus flavors, but the fruit is balanced with mineral and herb notes, grounding it and letting this wine be a companion to food. "
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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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.