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Etude Napa Valley Merlot 2001

Merlot from Napa Valley, California
  • WS 92
  • ST 91
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Winemaker Notes

Direct from the winery, some older releases of "library" wines that are drinking beautifully.

Critical Acclaim

WS 92
Wine Spectator

Impeccably balanced, rich and polished, with a pure, plush core of blackberry, wild berry and black cherry fruit that picks up hints of anise, cedar and sage, finishing with a long, rich, intricate aftertaste. Excellent structure, too, with a complex aftertaste that echoes vanilla and fruit. Drink now through 2010.

ST 91
International Wine Cellar

Good red-ruby color. Plum, currant, tobacco, licorice and cedar on the nose. Lush, sweet and concentrated, with very ripe plum and strawberry flavors nicely lifted by inner-palate florals and complicated by hints of tobacco and espresso. A bold, juicy merlot with personality. Contains 19% cabernet franc and 6% petit verdot.

Etude, , California
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.