Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997


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The Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted with grapes from unique benchland vineyards representing the major sub-appellations of Napa Valley. By deliberately sourcing fruit from this group of exemplary vineyards, the assembled wine exhibits the range of Cabernet fruit flavors and textures with vitality and finesse.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Etude
  • wa96

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.

Robert Parker, June 2000
  • ws87

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.

James Laube, 2008