Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
Wine AdvocateThe 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (1,800 cases), which will be released in October, ranks alongside the finest Tony Soter has produced. Don't miss it! Opaque purple-colored, with a gorgeously seamless personality, this unfined/unfiltered wine exhibits classic aromas of cassis, licorice, chocolate, and toast. Rich and full-bodied, with sweet tannin, a multilayered mid-palate, and a terrific finish, it possesses accessibility and opulence, but its balance and overall concentration suggest it will age for two decades or more.
Wine SpectatorTasted from magnum. Rich and intense, well focused, with complex earth, currant, anise, cedar and mineral flavors that are drying up, giving the tannins the upper hand. Best of two bottles.--'97 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now. 2,000 cases made.