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2017 Etude L’Esprit Late Harvest Cuvee Carneros White Wine

2017 Etude L’Esprit Late Harvest Cuvee Carneros White Wine


2017 Etude L’Esprit Late Harvest Cuvee Carneros White Wine

Tasting Notes

Alsatian in style and aspirational approach, this rich, mouth-filling wine is classic with note of apricots and honey, sweet but not cloying, lightly amber in color.  Like the memorable dessert wines upon which it is modeled, this nectar like wine shows aromas and flavors of orange marmalade, baked apple and ripe peach.

Technical Information

Varietal White
Vintage 2017
Blend 35% Pinot Gris, 65% Gewürztraminer
Oak Treatment 100% Stainless steel barrels
Alcohol % 10.1%
Enclosure Type Cork
Case Production 250 cases
Residual Sugars 5.0 g/100ml
pH 3.45
Pick Date 11/14/2017


Grapes were hand-picked in the cool of night on November 14, 2017 at 32.1° Brix. The whole clusters were gently pressed into a small, stainless steel tank and fermented for 7-14 days. The wine was then transferred to 100% neutral French oak for aging up to six months before returning to small stainless-steel barrels to finish the aging process.


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 all the 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.


This unique wine is crafted from grapes grown on our Estate Vineyard, Grace Benoist Ranch. Certified Alsatian clones are planted in deep, well-drained loamy soils perfect for grape growing. The cooler temperatures provide for a long and even growing season, allowing fruit to fully ripen while still preserving natural acidity. We allow select blocks to hang well beyond normal harvest dates, producing fruit suitable for a late harvest wine with rich, concentrated flavors.

Winemaker Jon Priest