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2015 Etude Grace Benoist Ranch Pinot Noir

ITEM 8317389 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
madew 1 $35 $35
4 $35
Item Sold Amount Date
I8329572 3 $35 Jul 17, 2022
I8317389 1 $35 Jul 10, 2022
I8294182 1 $35 Jun 26, 2022
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RATINGS

93James Suckling

This is a linear and pretty wine for this vintage with dried strawberry and flower character. Full body. Juicy yet fresh. Fruit forward but butressed.

92The Wine Advocate

...a savory, sautéed herbs-laced nose over a core of red currants, cranberries and Bing cherries plus hints of dusty earth and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with savory/earthy flavors, framed by chewy tannins and finishing with a lot of interesting layers.

91Wine Spectator

Vibrant and lively, with a zesty core of raspberry, cherry, fresh earth, cigar box and dried herb flavors, framed by tannins that impart traction.

91Jeb Dunnuck

...has medium-bodied notes of red currants, cherries, campfire and forest floor. It has plenty of texture and a charming, rounded, delicious style...

90Wine Enthusiast

Earthy and robustly expansive on the palate, this wine is full of black cherry, oak and bark elements—complementary expressions that work well within a medium-bodied context. A smoky element of forest floor lingers on the finish.

PRODUCER

Etude

Etude Wines was founded in 1982 by Tony and Michelle Soter. The winery and its vineyards are in the Carneros appellation of California’s Napa Valley. Tony Soter was the winemaker at Spottswoode, Araujo, Niebaum-Coppola, Dalle Valle and Moraga before giving up his consulting career to concentrate on his own venture. Today Etude produces Pinot Noir from Carneros region grapes, and Cabernet Sauvignon from grapes grown farther north in Napa Valley. Etude also makes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and a few other white wines.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Carneros

Carneros AVA, also known as Los Carneros, is at the southern end of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys at the top of the San Francisco Bay. The 8,000 vineyard acres are mostly planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both of which thrive in the district’s cool, marine climate. Carneros became an AVA in 1983 and it has attracted foreign wine companies along with local producers. It has been especially appealing to European producers of sparkling wines including the giant Spanish cava producers Codorniu and Frexinet, and the French Champagne house Taittinger. Codorniu in Carneros is called Artesa, and Frexinet’s Carneros brand is Gloria Ferrer. Taittinger calls its Carneros winery Domaine Carneros. The European producers also make still wines in Carneros.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.