Ruby and garnet in color, the 2009 Carneros Pinot Noir offers aromas of black cherry, Asian spice and sous bois that are lifted by a concentrated fresh fruit core. Consistent with the nose, the palate also demonstrates the qualities of a well-balanced Pinot Noir: refined tannins, bright acidity, a generous mouthfeel, and a lingering finish.
Founded in 1982 by Tony Soter, Etude ("study") is a classical music composition with a technical focus that allows the musician to practice a particular technique. Similarly, Etude's wines are the product of deliberate concentration on the instructive variables of the craft. In 2002, the estate vineyard was built to encompass a long-term concept of sustainability that includes sensitivity to the environment and minimal impact on neighbors and the community. "Fish-Friendly Farming" has been implemented to restore and sustain fish habitat and improve water quality.