The Etude Pinot Noir Carneros Estate hails from our vineyard tucked away in the far
northwest corner of the Carneros appellation. Unlike customary Carneros acreage,
which is largely uplifted bay bottoms with soils composed of clay, the soils on the
Etude Estate site are variations of volcanic origin. They are well-drained, rocky
upland soils. Combining these soils with the extreme western location closer to the
Pacific Ocean makes this site a decidedly distinct destination.
True ruby in color, the 2008 Pinot... View More
The least expensive offering, the 2008 Pinot Noir Estate exhibits copious aromas of forest floor, strawberries, black cherries and hints of Allspice and herbs. Medium-bodied, beautifully textured and complex, it is ideal for drinking now and over the next 5-6 years.
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.