Sunday, March 13, 2011

Etude Winemaker at The Tasting Room-Uptown

     The Tasting Room-Uptown hosted an Etude wine tasting with winemaker, Jon Priest, on Thursday. Event goers had the opportunity to taste eight offerings from the Etude Wines portfolio. Wines included two whites- 2007 Chardonnay and 2009 Pinot Gris, four Pinot Noir- 2007 Carneros, 2006 Temblor, 2006 Deer Camp, 2007 Heirloom and two Cabernets- 2005 Napa Valley and the 2006 Oakville.     
     Jon's philosphy is that wine "is grown, not made." He believes in using quality grapes from superior vineyards with as little intervention as possible from the winemaker. This quality is clearly evident throughout the product line.
     I enjoyed all the selections; the whites were both fresh and crisp with pronounced fruit, the Pinot Noirs were each unique- clearly representing their different terroir and the Cabernets gave everything that you expect and want from a Napa Cab. I would rate the complete line from very good to outstanding.  
Specific tasting notes will be presented at a later date as I enjoy each bottle again.