2018 Etude Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JS 94 W&S 92 JD 90 VN 90 WE 90
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, September 2020

Vivid strawberry and dried-flower aromas here with hints of sandalwood. Medium to full body with firm, creamy tannins and a tangy finish. Opulent. Tight and focused. Pumice and black and white-pepper notes. A pretty wine...
W&S 92

Wine & Spirits, April 2021

Jon Priest blends this wine from the varied volcanic soils at Etude’s estate vineyard in northwestern Carneros. A contrast of bright spice and dark savor, the wine’s berry-scented fruit buzzes with honeyed energy, a kind...
JD 90

jebdunnuck.com, January 2021

From the same site in Carneros, the 2018 Pinot Noir Grace Benoist Ranch offers a Burgundian nose of black cherry and currant fruits intermixed with notions of wood smoke, forest floor, spice, and spring flowers...
VN 90

Vinous, January 2021

The 2018 Pinot Noir Grace Benoist Ranch captures all the personality of this site in its wild character. Sweet red cherry, dried herbs, game, licorice, iron and soil-driven tones all run through the 2018. Medium in body...
WE 90

Wine Enthusiast, April 2021

A well-made, larger production offering, this wine is richly layered in strawberry, raspberry and black tea, the oak slightly sweet and toasty. Smoky overtones provide a hint of game and earth, leading to a cohesive...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Carneros
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.1%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Etude Grace Benoist Ranch Estate Pinot Noir is a notable offering from the Carneros sub-appellation in Napa, California. This varietal Pinot Noir, produced by Etude, is characterized by its elegant and seamless profile, with a balanced alcohol content of 14.1%. It employs a traditional cork closure.

Professional reviewers have offered a range of insights, all highlighting the wine's notable qualities. James Suckling awarded it an impressive score of 94, remarking on its "vivid strawberry and dried-flower aromas" and describing it as "opulent, tight, and focused." Suckling suggests that the wine will benefit from a year or two of aging, recommending consumption after 2021.

Wine & Spirits gave the wine a score of 92, noting its unique blend from the varied volcanic soils at Etude’s estate vineyard. The review describes the wine as having "a contrast of bright spice and dark savor," with berry-scented fruit that "buzzes with honeyed energy." The publication advises pairing it with braised quail to complement its sumptuous texture.

Jeb Dunnuck and Vinous both rated the wine at 90, each providing distinct yet complementary perspectives. Dunnuck appreciated its “Burgundian nose of black cherry and currant fruits," intermingled with wood smoke, forest floor, spice, and spring flowers. He commended its elegant texture and seamless palate, suggesting it will evolve well over the next 7-8 years. Antonio Galloni of Vinous highlighted the wine's wild character, with "sweet red cherry, dried herbs, game, licorice, iron, and soil-driven tones" providing a potent yet balanced experience.

Wine Enthusiast's Virginie Boone also gave the wine a score of 90, describing it as "richly layered in strawberry, raspberry, and black tea." Boone noted the slightly sweet and toasty oak, smoky overtones, and a cohesive, resolved finish.

Overall, the 2018 Etude Grace Benoist Ranch Estate Pinot Noir is well-regarded across the board, praised for its complexity, elegance, and potential for further aging. It stands out as a versatile and richly textured wine suitable for both immediate enjoyment and cellaring.