2018 Etude "Grace Benoist Ranch Estate" Carneros Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1574416 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Vivid strawberry and dried-flower aromas here with hints of sandalwood. Medium to full body with firm, creamy tannins and a tangy finish. Opulent. Tight and focused. Pumice and black and white-pepper notes. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Jon Priest blends this wine from the varied volcanic soils at Etude’s estate vineyard in northwestern Carneros. A contrast of bright spice and dark savor, the wine’s berry-scented fruit buzzes with honeyed energy, a kind of sweet earthiness that feels cool and clean. Braised quail would match its sumptuous texture. (JG) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2022 | Send Email
Etude have a 40 year history as one of the founding properties of the Carneros region. Under the expert guidance of founding winemaker Tony Soter, Etude established a reputation as one the premier Pinot Noir specialists in all of the new world. The current winemaker, Jon Priest, was hand-selected by Soter to replace him and has been crafting the wines since 2005. The estate's vines are now fully mature and producing stunning fruit. The 2018 Grace Benoist Ranch bottling is a beautiful bottle of truly satisfying Pinot Noir. There's a nice generosity to the wine, rich dark cherry fruit, raspberry compote, bramble, baking spice, sandalwood, some dry leaves and subtle wood smoke. Lush and juicy on the palate with perfect ripeness and lifted spice tones. This wine has been selling really well in our stores and has a lot of repeat customers. As the big scores kept stacking up we decided to negotiate a great price, buy-in deep and get it into the hands (or glasses) of as many folks as possible. It's a very crowd pleasing style with beautifully purity of fruit and immaculate balance throughout. There's no surprise that this Carneros classic has quickly become a real favorite around here! There are very few $30 Pinots I can recommend that even come close to the quality you'll find here.
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