Some of the best wines in the world come from our
very own Napa Valley area but Etude Winery stands prominently apart
from the competition in flavor and originality.
The Cabernet harvest of 2002 offers real substance,
structure and persistence with a full body taste and low acid. As a
result, the grapes are ultra ripe and offer the most satisfying
The blend for the 2002 bottling consists of
Cabernet Sauvignon (95%) and Cabernet Franc (5%). The wine’s rich
flavor comes after spending a minimum of 24 months in French oak
barrels (80% new). The components are aged separately for
approximately 12 months and the assemblage is then crafted and
returned to the barrels for an additional year of aging before the
bottling process can begin.
As a result, the 2002 cabernet sauvignon offers a
unique aroma of classic black cherry and currants with hints of
espresso, vanilla and raspberry. This classic wine shows off its
definition and richness as well as structure and intensity.
The 2004 pinot noir, on the other hand, offers
aromas of cola, cranberry and graham crackers supported by the
subtle notes of nutmeg. The inaugural release of this vintage hails
from the vineyard tucked in the far northwest corner of the Carneros
appellation. Unlike customary Carneros acreage, which is largely
uplifted bay bottoms with soils comprised of clay, the soils of the
Etude Estate are variations of volcanic origin.
These well-drained soils and its extreme western
location make it an ideal setting for this distinctly unique wine.
The vineyard blocks were customized to conform to the various soil
types and changing contours of the topography.
These wines were aged 12-14 months in French oak
barrels and are subject to a rigorous selection process. The complex
wine offers flavors of cherries, brown spices with hints of roasted
meats that surround silky tannins that persist throughout a long
Suggested retail for the 2002 cabernet is $90 per
bottle while the pinot noir’s suggested retail is $42 per bottle.
For more information on Etude Wines, please call
(707) 257-5300 or visit the winery online at
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