For more than a decade Winemaker Jon Priest has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma’s Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California’s Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.
The epitome of cool-climate viticulture, Oregon’s Willamette Valley is subject to variances of weather and best known for the equally finicky varietal: Pinot Noir. Home to two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards, Willamette Valley ranges 100 miles north to south following the Willamette River and spans 60 miles at its widest point. The region is protected from Pacific storms on the west by the Coast Range, and the Cascade Mountains on the east separate Willamette’s maritime climate from the dry heat of eastern Oregon.
Tasting Notes
An elegant and graceful expression of Oregon Pinot Noir, with polished finely textured tannins, and a cornucopia of red fruit intensity. On the nose and palate, you find vibrant Bing cherry and red currants, combining with red raspberry and pomegranate. Secondary notes of black tea, cigar leaf and dried herbs offset the juicy, mouthwatering acidity, finishing with a freshness and lift, leading to a lingering, long, savory finish.