2017 Etude Chardonnay

Chardonnay - 750ML
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WA 90
WA 90

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2020

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Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Carneros
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

Introducing the 2017 Etude Chardonnay, a remarkable white wine hailing from the prestigious Napa Valley in California's North Coast region. Crafted by the esteemed producer Etude, this Chardonnay is a true testament to their commitment to excellence and quality.

In the glass, the 2017 Etude Chardonnay showcases a beautiful pale golden hue, reminiscent of the sun-kissed vineyards from which it originates. Its appearance exudes elegance and sophistication, setting the stage for the sensory journey that awaits.

On the nose, this Chardonnay dances with a captivating bouquet. Aromas of peach cobbler, pineapple upside-down cake, and tropical green guava tantalize the senses, inviting you to delve deeper into its complex layers. Subtle hints of butterscotch and preserved ginger add a touch of intrigue, enhancing the overall aromatic experience.

Upon the first sip, the 2017 Etude Chardonnay unveils a medium-bodied palate that is both velvety and smooth. Its texture is reminiscent of silk, caressing the taste buds with each sip. The wine's maturation in oak barrels imparts delicate nuances of buttered toast, which beautifully complement the tropical fruit flavors. The interplay of flavors is harmonious and balanced, offering a delightful contrast between richness and freshness.

The finish is nothing short of exhilarating, leaving a lasting impression. A zippy line of freshness adds vibrancy to the tropical fruit notes, ensuring a memorable conclusion to this captivating wine experience.

With an alcohol percentage of 13.5%, the 2017 Etude Chardonnay strikes a perfect balance between elegance and intensity. This white wine is the epitome of craftsmanship and showcases the exceptional quality that the Carneros sub-appellation is known for.

Accolades have not eluded this remarkable Chardonnay, as it received a score of 90 from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. This esteemed publication praised its texture, buttered toast nuances, and tropical fruit characteristics. With just 1,137 cases produced, this wine is a true gem that is not to be missed.

Indulge in the allure of the 2017 Etude Chardonnay, and experience the unparalleled charm and sophistication of a world-class Napa Valley white wine. Cheers to a truly memorable glass!