2012 Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A generous red with lots of ripe, juicy and bright fruit. Mineral, flower leaf and stone undertones. Full and fruity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From multiple AVAs, such as Coombsville, Rutherford and St. Helena, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a sleeper of the vintage. It offers an opaque ruby/purple color, lots of charcoal, blackcurrant, blackberry, incense and licorice notes, full body, and an opulent, sexy personality. It is ideal for drinking now as well as over the next 12+ years. This report only covers Napa Valley wines, so I have not included Etude’s Pinot Noirs from Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Santa Rita Hills, the Sonoma Coast as well as the Willamette Valley in Oregon. (RP)
A charming style, with distinctive hints of mint and bay leaf. Offers firm, ripe and juicy cherry, plum, graphite and mineral flavors, ending with firm, lively acidity and good length. (JL)
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, juicy and immediate, with plenty of sweet red cherry, plum, mocha and spice notes. This forward, fruit-driven Cabernet is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years, while the flavors retain their juicy exuberance. This is a solid set of wines from Etude and winemaker Jon Priest. The 2012 Cabernets in particular are stellar. (AG)