2010 Etude "Estate Grown" Carneros Chardonnay (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1151463 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Etude's 2010 Chardonnay is a gorgeous, tight wine laced with crushed rocks, green pears and lemon. The aromas and flavors are all bright and focused in this vibrant, taut Chardonnay. Winemaker John Priest blocks the malo on his Chardonnay, which helps preserve freshness and bring forward tons of aromatic nuance. This is a gorgeous showing. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. (AG)  (12/2012)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A strong, distinguished Chardonnay, this is rich and concentrated, yet elegantly dry. There are plenty of tropical fruit and citrus flavors, but the fruit is balanced with mineral and herb notes, grounding it and letting this wine be a companion to food.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Etude's estate vineyard in the northwest corner Carneros enjoys the typical cool-climate situation in proximity to San Francisco Bay, but with a special terroir that not every vineyard shares. Located near the base of Sonoma Mountain, their vineyard features the terroir of well-drained soils of vocanic origin rather than the clay soils of uplifted estuary which are more common in Carneros. Etude embraces this situation with careful vineyard management and sustainable practices. With a philosophy of minimal intervention in their winemaking, the quality of fruit is allowed to shine through and express a quality of terroir that is usually found only in more expensive Carneros bottlings. From the winery: "Notes of Golden Delicious apple and honeydew melon are at the forefront of this classic Burgundian styled, fruit driven Carneros Chardonnay. With lively movement from entry to finish, this juicy, well-balanced wine is accompanied by crisp, bright fruit notes."

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2014 | Send Email
Amazingly elegant, restrained, with hints of white flowers, stone fruit, and a touch of honeyed toast on the finish. Drinking perfectly now and has enough acid to stand up for a while longer too.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2014 | Send Email
A great buy for under $25 for a Chardonnay that is sure to please most palates! This wine is rich and creamy in the mouth with hints of white peach, melon and slight touches of citrus in the finish. It is a richer style of Chardonnay without being heavy and flabby.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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- Just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Carneros is kept cool by Bay breezes and thick fog, and has long been famous for cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine based on the two varietals. Warmer pockets have proved interesting and promising homes for syrah, cabernet and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3