Best known for its cool climate and proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the “True” Sonoma Coast is considered the far western edge of the coastline. This challenging extreme cooler coastal climate has vineyards competing with fog, wind and ocean breezes to ripen fruit, and is renowned for its distinct Pinot Noirs.
“A tight and focused, coastal pinot with dried-strawberry and orange-peel character, as well as flowers. Medium to full body, firm and creamy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, February 2020
Distinctively elegant in tone, the wine shows aromas and flavors of ripe darker red fruit such as black cherry, with hints of caramel and toasty almonds and oak spice. Herbal forest notes join the mix, with fine grained tannins and noticeable acidity. Classic in its expression of the cool Sonoma Coast.
Overall, 2017 proved to be a slightly smaller yielding vintage but one of exceptional quality. A brief period of warm weather occurred during Labor Day weekend which accelerated the harvest in some areas. Temperatures subsided just when we needed and the fruit was allowed to mature and ripen perfectly on the vines before harvest officially began. Overall, a quick and intense harvest, with althea fruit picked within two to three weeks, but the quality of the vintage shows great flavor intensity, perfect ripening and maturity, lovely balance and complexity.
Fruit for this wine was selected from the Hallberg vineyard just outside Sebastopol. The vineyard features Goldridge Sandy Loam underlain with Sebastopol Sandy Clay Loam soils on gently rolling ridge tops and enjoys beautiful sunny afternoon weather tempered by fog and cooling coastal breezes from the Pacific, about 20 miles away. The vineyard is dry farmed, without irrigation, and sits just 200 feet above sea level. Dry-farming helps the grapes achieve full physiological ripeness at lower sugar levels, with more complex taste components in heightened balance. There are 11 different Pinot Noir clones planted in various blocks throughout the vineyard, which is actually in three growing regions: Green Valley, Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast.
Crafted with the same minimal winemaking techniques as Etude’s celebrated Carneros Pinot Noirs, each regional wine purely reflects the unique essence and character of its regional vineyard and still maintains Etude’s hallmarks of aromatic intrigue, vibrancy of expression and depth in ageability. The Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir underwent cold maceration in small lot open-top fermenters with extended time on the skins and including a small number of whole clusters. The wine is aged in French Oak with a small percentage of new barrels.
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 (25% new) for 14 months|
|Residual Sugars||0.13 g/100ml|
|Blend||100% Pinot Noir|
|Case Production||466 cases|