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Etude Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 2012

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2012 Carneros Estate Pinot Noir defines the classic Grace Benoist Ranch style with lifted red fruit aromas, ranging from pomegranate and red cherry to wild strawberry and raspberry, and a spicy entry of baking spice, forest floor and sandalwood. Refined tannins and ideal natural acidity frame the lush, intricate flavors. Despite the wine's strength, it possesses a persistent fruit finish and elegance that make it uplifting and polished.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An outstanding value in high quality Pinot Noir, the 2012 Pinot Noir Estate is made primarily from Dijon clones. Its dark ruby color is followed by sweet notes of red apple skins, plums, forest floor and red as well as black cherries. Generously endowed with good acidity and freshness, this medium to full-bodied Pinot should drink nicely for 4-5 years.
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What began thirty years ago as a philosophical state of mind is now a state-of-the-art winemaking facility where the ancient art of winemaking is pursued with a singular passion.

Etude Wines is dedicated to the study of craft of winegrowing. In classical music, an etude is a composition with a technical focus that allows the musician to practice a particular technique. Similarly, Etude wines are the product of deliberate concentration on the instructive variables of the craft. The end game is not edification alone, but rather the wine itself as a source of enjoyment.

Working together in this oenological quest for perfection are current winemaker Jon Priest and Ast. Winemaker Rob Fischer. They transform the very finest Carneros and Napa Valley grapes into world-class wines sought out by the most discriminating wine lovers. In addition to its widely acclaimed Carneros Pinot Noir and legendary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Etude has also developed a loyal following for Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Merlot and Pinots from the most sought after AVAs around the world.

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As early as the 1970s Carneros became known as a source of terrific Pinot Noir, and was one of the first California regions to gain such a reputation. The combination of sunny days, cooling fog and thin clay soils are tailor-made for the variety. Another factor in Pinot Noir’s prominent place here is vintners’ willingness to experiment widely. The history of the grape in Carneros is marked by continuous research into clonal variations, viticultural techniques and site selection. Careful evaluation over time has revealed a signature flavor profile as well. Complex aromas and flavors of cherry, red berry, spice, earth and cola appear time and again in Carneros Pinot Noir. To this day the appellation remains one of California’s standard bearers for the variety.

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