2006 Etude Carneros Pinot Noir (Previously $45)

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90 points and one star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Generous, outgoing scents of concentrated cherries make a fine start here, and only a hint of dried fruit holds it back from taking all the honors. Still, this is a deep, rich wine on the palate, and it has both a certain fleshy fullness and enough fruit to pull it off without being heavy or overdone. It is the kind of wine that will reward handsomely when partnered with tasty meats like lamb or beef rib roasts." (Oct. 2008) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Pure strawberry and raspberry aromas. Supple and fairly rich, with red fruit flavors complicated by spices, leather, earth and smoke. The pliant finish features sweet tannins. This boasts very good fruit but comes across as a tad lower-toned than some recent vintage, with more secondary aromas." (May/June '08) Etude is a study of clear vision: making distinctive pinots that are clearly Californian, but have the subtlety and nuance expected of a Burgundy. Even their entry-level estate pinot fits this bill, showcasing cool-climate fruit with explosive aromatics redolent of raspberry and pomegranate with hints of freshly-tilled soil and sweet sandalwood. In the mouth, the wine is energetic, full of red fruit and cocoa powder, with hints of nutmeg and clove on the lengthy finish.

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/24/2009 | Send Email
Unmistakably Californian, with subtle nuances that speak of a Burgundy. A wine with great fruit, earth spice and balance. A perfect wine for anytime, but aptly suited to the approaching autumn.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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.