2010 Etude St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $100)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena comes from the alluvial soils of a vineyard called Schoenstein. A 200+ case, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new oak, this beauty exhibits lots of blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of vanillin, incense, cedarwood and spring flowers. With a creamy, full-bodied, opulent texture as well as lavender and Provencal-like garrigue notes, this moderately tannic Cabernet demands 3-5 years of cellaring. It will age effortlessly over the following 20-25 years. (RP)
Dark red cherries, plums, licorice, tobacco and smoke all flesh out in Etude's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena. The style is richer and rounder than the straight Cabernet Sauvignon bottling, which makes the wine attractive and accessible, even at this early stage. Floral and spiced notes add layers of complexity on the finish. The 2010 is made from the Schoenstein vineyard. (AG)
Rich, ripe blackberry, cherry, mocha, anise, and cedar flavors mark this 100% Cabernet. The tannins are evident in a puckery astringency, but it's not too hard to drink it now with tannin-busting foods, like steak. Shows a classy, Napa-esque flashiness, although it doesn't seem to be an ager.