Etude Pinot Noir 2007- Textbook Carneros Pinot under $30

June 20, 2010 High End Values  No comments

Etude 2007 Pinot NoirThe Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast are amazing places.  Napa specifically is a fraction the size of the Bordeaux region, yet grows basically all of the grape varietals of the entire country of France.  The reason?  The Pacific Ocean and Mayacamas Mountains combine to create unique microclimates all over the valley, each uniquely suited to the many varietals that thrive there.

Etude’s Estate Pinot Noir is grown in the Carneros AVA that covers part of Napa and Sonoma counties.  Breezes from San Pablo Bay keep Carneros cooler than the rest of Napa Valley making it perfectly suited to growing Pinot Noir grapes.  Etude focuses on making great Pinot Noir in this region and the 2007 has certainly delivered.  It’s exceptionally fragrant, earthy and complex, with a full bodied texture that I find unique to Carneros and Russian River Valley Pinots versus the lighter version from Santa Barbara to the South.  At 14.4% alcohol, it’s not shy, but it retains a sleek refinement despite its high alcohol level.

Pinot fans will definitely be pleased with Etude’s 2007 Estate release.  Robert Parker gives it 90 points and at under $30 at LA Wine Co. (once again the lowest price in the country), it’s a relative value given the Pinot Price Inflation (PPI- I made that up- watch for it.), caused by that sad but entertaining movie, Sideways.

2007 Etude Pinot Noir Estate- $29.95

Robert Parker 90 points

“Etude’s outstanding trio of Pinot Noirs begins with the dark ruby/plum-hued 2007 Pinot Noir Estate, which offers plenty of sweet cherry, pomegranate, wood spice, and forest floor characteristics in its round, gracious, expansive personality. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years. “

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