Etude Wines

What began twenty five years ago as a philosophical state of mind is now a state-of-the-art winemaking facility where the ancient art of winemaking is pursued with a singular passion.
Etude Wines is dedicated to mastering the craft of winegrowing. In classical music, an etude is a composition with a technical focus that allows the musician to practice a particular technique. Similarly, Etude wines are the product of deliberate concentration on the instructive variables of the craft. The end game is not edification alone, but rather the wine itself as a source of enjoyment. Chopin piano etudes are notoriously difficult but sublimely beautiful... this is an example of the practicing craft transformed to art.
Founder and self described winegrower Tony Soter puts it this way: "There's no better vehicle with which to study or practice the craft of winemaking than Pinot Noir. It is the most challenging, unforgiving and quixotic of all wine grapes, and yet the most delicate and transparent." "Make no mistake it is a humbling pursuit, but when it's right, Pinot Noir is a glorious and moving thing. It is in the pursuit of that experience that we all work."
Working together in this oenological quest for perfection are current winemaker Jon Priest and viticulturalist Franci Ashton. They transform the very finest Carneros and Napa Valley grapes into world-class wines sought out by the most discriminating wine lovers. In addition to its widely acclaimed Carneros Pinot Noir and legendary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Etude has also developed a loyal following for Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Merlot.

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Etude Winery Pinot Noir 2016
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 Sourced from the estate vineyard Grace Benoist Ranch and aged in 25% new French oak for 12 months, the 2016 Pinot Noir Estate is medium ruby-purple colored with a very spicy nose of cinnamon stick, cloves and allspice over core of black cherries and black raspberries with wafts of
Item Number: 31111
Bottle:$34.95
Case: $419.40
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Lyric by Etude Pinot Noir 2016
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 " Light on the nose with hints of cranberry, crushed gravel, wet slate and rose petals, this affordable bottling gives a good sense of minerality at a fair price. There's an herbal background to the bright palate, which offers tart pomegranate and hibiscus flavors."  " Rich in
Item Number: 30973
Bottle:$14.95
Case: $179.40
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Lyric by Etude Chardonnay 2015
"Etude’s winemaking philosophy remains steadfast with this Santa Barbara Chardonnay and the wine was crafted with very minimal winemaking intervention in order to reflect the unique terroir of North Canyon and Cat Canyon Vineyards. Barrel fermentation, sur lies aging in French oak barrels and
Item Number: 23079
Bottle:$14.95
Case: $179.40
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Etude Winery Pinot Noir 2015
The Carneros Estate Pinot Noir intrigues with its rich array of red cherry, wild strawberry, pomegranate raspberry and spice. The core of red fruit is made complex with layers of sassafras, sandalwood and baking spice that build intensity through the finish. With an opulent mouthfeel and ideal

Lyric by Etude Pinot Noir 2015
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" Rich in ripe cherry, red raspberry and fresh strawberry, this youthful Pinot Noir drinks complex with hints of cinnamon, cardamom, sandalwood and cola. Offering an elegant structure, silky tannins and bright acidity, this Pinot Noir is captivating in its youth and makes a wonderful counterpart to

Etude Winery Pinot Noir 2014
The Carneros Estate Pinot Noir intrigues with its rich array of red cherry, wild strawberry, pomegranate raspberry and spice. The core of red fruit is made complex with layers of sassafras, sandalwood and baking spice that build intensity through the finish. With an opulent mouthfeel and ideal

Lyric by Etude Pinot Noir 2014
" Just as a song's lyrics give meaning to its melody, the vineyard gives unique character to a wine. Etude has handcrafted its celebrated Pinot Noir from the Carneros region for over 30 years and is now taking its steadfast study of the varietal to the famed Santa Barbara Country appellation.

Etude Winery Pinot Noir 2013
91  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 91 "An outstanding value in high quality Pinot Noir, the 2012 Pinot Noir Estate is made primarily from Dijon clones. Its dark ruby color is followed by sweet notes of red apple skins, plums, forest floor and red as well as black cherries. Generously endowed with good acidity and

Etude Winery Pinot Noir 2012
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91  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 91 “An outstanding value in high quality Pinot Noir, the 2012 Pinot Noir Estate is made primarily from Dijon clones. Its dark ruby color is followed by sweet notes of red apple skins, plums, forest floor and red as well as black cherries. Generously endowed with good acidity and

Etude Winery Pinot Noir 2011
"Deep ruby in color, the 2011 Carneros Pinot Noir is driven by inviting aromas of ripe cherry and red berries and accented by notes of forest floor and Asian spice. The classically structured palate showcases a seamless blend of lush dark fruit and oak which is enhanced by refined tannins. " ~

Etude Winery Pinot Noir 2011
Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Nice black cherry core, flavorful and this wine has a more noticeable cut of citrusy acid on the finish. Nicely spiced with subtle oak notes in the background and a fresh cherry ending. At this stage, the flavors trump the nose.

Etude Pinot Noir 2010
"Deep ruby in color, the 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir is driven by inviting aromas of ripe cherry and red berries and accented by notes of forest floor and Asian spice. The classically structured palate showcases a seamless blend of lush dark fruit and oak which is enhanced by refined tannins. " ~

Etude Rose 2011
" This Estate Grown Rose is made with Pinot Noir grapes -- the variety for which Etude is justly known – this is a well-structured, flavorful Rosé, brimming with notes of dried cranberries, fresh cherries and a touch of orange peel. Juicy and defined, the wine fills the mouth with similar fresh,

Etude 'Oakville' Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93"Loamy earth, currant and blackberry aromas have a dusty edge. Intense yet elegant, full-bodied and concentrated, with firm tannins providing structure and depth. Best from 2010 through 2016. 296 cases made."


Etude Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94"The classic, deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers aromas of tobacco leaf, cedar, black currants, tar, licorice, and espresso. Full-bodied, powerful, and opulent, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15 or more years."

Etude Merlot 2002
95  Wine Enthusiast 
 Wine Enthusiast 95  Robert Parker "Etude has fashioned a dense ruby-colored 2002 Merlot. It offers rich aromas of mocha-infused black cherries intermixed with coffee and herbal undertones. Sweet fruit, medium body, and a soft texture result in a complex Merlot to drink over the next 7-8 years."

Etude Pinot Noir 2008
91  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 91 "The least expensive offering, the 2008 Pinot Noir Estate exhibits copious aromas of forest floor, strawberries, black cherries and hints of Allspice and herbs. Medium-bodied, beautifully textured and complex, it is ideal for drinking now and over the next 5-6 years." ~Robert

Etude 'Rutherford' Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92"Supple and harmonious, with richness joined by a classy elegance, offering a range of understated currant, black cherry and plummy Cabernet fruit. The tannins are soft and fleshy, with a nice push of fruit complexity on the finish. Drink now through 2012. 285 cases made. –JL"

Etude 'St. Helena' Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92"A gorgeous wine with a deep ruby/purple color and a big, sweet nose of tobacco leaf, coffee, black currants, and licorice. The oak is nicely integrated in this full-bodied, ripe, exuberant Cabernet. It should drink well young and age nicely for 12-15 years."

Etude Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
91  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 91"The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is even more forward than the 2004, with a plump, heady, corpulent mouthfeel and loads of cassis, licorice, and pain grille notes and a hint of graphite. Deep, full-bodied, chewy, and supple-textured, this wine should drink well for 14 or so years."