The impressive, dense ruby-colored 1999 Pinot Noir Carneros (4,000 cases produced) offers aromas of black cherries, smoke, earth, and toast. This round wine is generously constituted, with enough acidity to provide definition as well as soft tannin.
Etude was founded in 1980 by winegrower Tony Soter, who released his first pinot in 1982. Originally a "side project" while he worked full time as a consulting winemaker, in 1999 Soter concentrated fully on Etude and on developing his own pinot noir vineyard in Oregon. In 2001 Etude was sold to Beringer Blass/Fosters Wine Estates and a new winery was built. Soter made his last wines at Etude in 2002 and moved to Oregon...
Good deep red. Sappy aromas of roasted redcurrant and cherry, complicated by suggestions of game and smoky oak. Supple, sweet and mouthfilling, but with a bit less aromatic complexity in the mouth (and a slightly stronger impression of alcohol) than the '98 bottling. Youthfully aggressive on the back end, but the tannins are ripe.
Elegant and supple, with a polished texture and pretty black cherry, tea, plum and cola flavors that are complex, picking up light oak and anise on the finish.
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