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    Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California

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    • WE96
    • CG90
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 96 Wine Enthusiast, 90 Wine Spectator, 90 The Wine Advocate, 90 Connoisseurs' Guide

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 97039

    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).

    Critical Acclaim:

    Etude's 2005 defines power and authority, Napa style. It's hard to imagine a Cabernet Sauvignon more explosive in blackberry, cherry and chocolate fruit flavor. Yet the structure is superb, with firm but ultrarefined tannins providing an architecture to house all that richness. Beautiful now, and should age gracefully for a decade.

    96 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Very tightly wound, with a bundled mix of spicy dried currant, sage, mineral and deep, rich berry flavors that slowly unfold, offering more depth, richness and persistence on the finish. Best from 2011 through 2017.

    90 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Deep ruby/purple hue is followed by notes of black currants, lead pencil, tobacco leaf, and spice box. Well-made, with medium body as well as good fruit, texture, and depth, it should drink nicely for 12-15+ years.

    90 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Nicely outgoing and well-focused on fairly concentrated aromas of black cherries and creamy oak, this wine is full in body without giving itself over to heaviness and has a supple feel on the palate and appropriate structure in support. Its tannins are well within the bounds for Cabernet, and the wine needs only three to five years to reach its best.

    90 Points
    Connoisseurs' Guide
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    Red w/Attitude (7/26/2011)
    Deep ruby-red hue with perfumed aromas of black and red raspberry, currant, plum, and creamy, spicy oak; Flavor explodes with blackberry, cherry and chocolate fruit flavors; Full-bodied, without being overly heavy; Good fruit, texture, and depth; Smooth and supple on the palate with nice tannins and a lingering finish; Great with a nice steak and some grilled veggies! Highly recommend it.
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    JKRSb (2/26/2014)
    Really enjoy Etude Cabernet
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    ramon suarez (9/24/2010)
    excelent wine, meets my criteria, bold, strong, and earthy,
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    Monty (9/29/2010)
    This one was excellent. One of the more tight and very refined cabs. It was very smooth, well balanced and elegant!
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    Harv (9/19/2010)
    Reminds me of a less costlier version of Rubicon. Has the same layered undertones. I'm going to keep this for 2-4 years to see how it matures.
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    FL WINO (8/31/2011)
    Didn't live up to its price even after the large discount (which I suspect is a marketing scheme).
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    namehere (12/5/2010)
    needs time in the celar
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    Ron Hoadley (9/28/2010)
    good wine good price
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    Paola Chacon (7/23/2011)
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    kevin briem (6/23/2011)

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