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2007 Etude Carneros Pinot Noir

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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A beautiful Pinot Noir, deeply flavored and complex. It shows a silky, elegant mouthfeel, with powerful flavors of cherry and raspberry purée, mocha, Dr. Pepper and smoky sandalwood. Feels solid and impressive in texture, an important wine, and will drink well though 2014." (12/09) 90 points Robert Parker: "Etude’s outstanding trio of Pinot Noirs begins with the dark ruby/plum-hued 2007 Pinot Noir Estate, which offers plenty of sweet cherry, pomegranate, wood spice, and forest floor characteristics in its round, gracious, expansive personality. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years." (12/09)

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/29/2010 | Send Email
Voluptuous, alluring and silky, this seductive pinot from Carneros is quite the little temptress. The nose beckons from the glass with beautiful raspberry, espresso and savory aromas that include leather and beech wood. This theme of sweet and savory components continues throughout the front and mid pallet. Soft dark raspberry pairs with old leather, cherry with forest, tart red fruit with supple spice. This Pinot is deep and complex with enough fruit up front to be approachable now, but will certainly gain in complexity as the year’s progress; in 3 to 5 is when I will be drinking it, as well at my Thanksgiving table. This weekend I opened a 1995 and was delighted to see what had become of this wine. Drinkable now but with life in the bottle to be sure, the Etude, at this price, is a wonderful Pinot Noir.
Drink from 2010 to 2015

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/20/2010 | Send Email
The 2007 Etude Pinot Noir Carneros is absolutely intoxicating. It has great balance and complexity while never losing its tension on the palate. The finish is long and graceful with flavors of red berries slowly fading away on the 30-second-plus finish. This wine can be cellared for five years but is so perfectly balanced now you can drink it in its youth. It can be paired with duck or salmon. - Alex Pross, K&L Wine Club Director
Drink from 2010 to 2015

Staff Image By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2010 | Send Email
What a rockin' price for a great wine. Etude has been making wine for a very long time and their experience shows in this one. Lush, raspberry, pomegranate and sandalwood notes with a touch of earth. Solid finish and great balance. Delicious!

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/9/2010 | Send Email
Rich with integrated tannins and flavors of powdered cocoa, ripe dark cherry and pomegranate, this Pinot Noir is a classic example of Pinot Noir grown in the Carneros region of Napa Valley.

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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.


- 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.
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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.