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Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
  • WW 95
  • RP 94
  • WE 93
  • WS 92
  • CG 90
  • V 90
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Winemaker Notes

Heady pure fruit aromas of dark red fruit, black plum, black cherry and mocha leap from the glass of this classic Cabernet Sauvignon and lead into layers of warm baking spices and anise. The palate is full of rich 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.

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Critical Acclaim

WW 95
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com

RP 94
The Wine Advocate

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast

A lush Cabernet that feels soft and delicious right now, but has layers of complexity that make it a cellar candidate. Dry and oaky, the wine is enormously rich in blackberry, cassis, cocoa and cedar flavors, with considerable tannins. The wine is wonderfully balanced. Drink now through 2010, at least.

WS 92
Wine Spectator

CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide

Black cherries, a bit of raspberry and creamy oak come together nicely in the concentrated aromas and dense, fairly direct flavors of this rich, and ripe-leaning wine. Fat and fleshy on entry, with a good bit of tannin firming things up at the end, the wine is a bit monochromatic at this point in time and clearly commends time in the cellar. Beneath its ripeness and sweet oak, however, there are signs of complexity to come, and while three or four years of patience will be of real help here, a half-dozen should be even more.

V 90
Vinous / Antonio Galloni

Bright medium red-ruby. Sexy aromas of dark berries, kirsch and cocoa powder. Sweet, plush and fruit-driven, conveying a very ripe quality to the flavors of black raspberry, kirsch, licorice and chocolate. This powerful but slightly unrefined Cabernet finishes long and a bit aggressive, with a major dusting of medicinal tannins and a lingering note of licorice.

Etude, Napa Valley, California
Etude
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.