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