The Etude St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon is a very small bottling from the Schoenstein Vineyard in St. Helena AVA, Napa Valley, where the pronounced alluvial fan produces rich and smooth cabernet sauvignon.
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena comes from the alluvial soils of a vineyard called Schoenstein. A 200+ case, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new oak, this beauty exhibits lots of blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of vanillin, incense, cedarwood and spring flowers. With a creamy, full-bodied, opulent texture as well as lavender and Provencal-like garrigue notes, this moderately tannic Cabernet demands 3-5 years of cellaring. It will age effortlessly over the following 20-25 years." - Robert Parker, November 2013
The 2010 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon presents powerful aromas of ripe dark cherry, red plum, blackberry and cassis. Distinct hints of maple, brown baking spices and warm mocha are intermixed on the palate and add further complexity to the saturated red fruit flavors on the finish. The wine is integrated and inviting now, but the fine, long tannins and rich, round texture are telling of this wine’s incredible aging potential.
The 2010 growing season began with a cool and damp spring, delaying each stage of growth -- bud break, flowering and fruit-set -- by nearly four weeks. This combined with a cooler-than-normal summer allowed for the slow, deliberate ripening of the grapes, and though harvest was later than usual, the grapes benefited from the additional time on the vine and displayed full, rich flavors and balanced maturity.
Located in the upper Napa Valley, the Schoenstein Vineyard, owned by Margaret Schoenstein and her family, serves as the single vineyard for this wine. The vineyard sits on a pronounced alluvial fan along the Mill Creek on the north end of the St. Helena appellation. This bottling comes from a four acre vineyard of older vines where Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grow adjacent to one another.
Our St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon holds steadfast to Etude’s philosophy of very minimal winemaker intervention in order to highlight the fruit and terroir of this exceptional vineyard. The grapes were cold soaked for 3-5 days, and an extended maceration period followed fermentation to help modify the depth and mouthfeel of the wine, and to fully extract color, flavor and aromatics. The young wine was then racked into small French oak barrels where it aged for 20 months.
For more than a decade Jon has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma's Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California's Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.
|Oak Treatment||100% French oak barrels for 20 months|
|Blend||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|