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.
By: Kirk Walker
K&L Staff Member
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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