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2019 Etude Laniger Vineyard Pinot Noir

2019 Etude Laniger Vineyard Pinot Noir


2019 Etude Laniger Vineyard Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

A fresh and lively Pinot Noir with layers of earthiness, saturation, structure, and depth—all tributes of this extraordinary vineyard block. On the nose and palate, there is a lovely rusticity with dried cherry fruit, wild rose, vanilla cola, and clove spice, supported by savory notes of black pepper and lifted anise seed. A line of vibrant acidity supports the chewy, rounded tannins leading to a perfumed mouthwatering finish with tremendous depth and complexity. This is a showstopper, exhibiting the distinctive character of Pinot Noir, especially Clone 115, which gives the wine its distinctive floral and red fruit signature.

Technical Information

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2019
Appellation Grace Benoist Ranch
Alcohol % 14.6%

Scores & Accolades

  • 96
    “Another fascinating pinot from Etude this vintage with strawberry, cherry and rose-petal aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, tight tannins and a vivid finish. Linear and long at the end. Needs two or three years to soften, but I already love the energy and pointed precision. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling,, December 6 2021
  • 93
    “A very enticing wine, with alluring red tea and gently steeped raspberry and damson plum fruit aromas and flavors, this is sleek and lengthy. Features a late flurry of dried rose petal and mineral hints that dart in amid the fruit. Drink now through 2030.” - MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, May 18, 2022


The grapes for this wine were harvested at night to preserve freshness and integrity. They were placed in open-top fermenters for 3-5 days of cold maceration followed by fermentation. Punch downs were performed during the early stages of fermentation with the extraction becoming gentler as the wine became dry. A quiet, extended maceration followed, helping to enhance the richness and mouthfeel of the wine. The wine was lightly pressed into French oak barrels (25% new), where it rested for 14 months.

Jon Priest - Winemaker

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.


The 2019 harvest started one to two weeks later than previous years, mostly due to February rains, but because the vines were in their winter dormancy, it did not affect the 2019 crop. Spring continued to be wet with some rain during flowering followed by cool temperatures that allowed the grapes to mature gradually. Most grapes ripened at lower sugars, thanks to the extended, cool growing season, and winemakers were pleased with the full flavors, fresh acidity, and superb balance of the 2019 fruit. Wildfires in October, north of Carneros, did not impact the harvest. The resulting crop showed a modest yield with a slightly more compact structure and extract than in previous years


The Laniger Vineyard is located on an opposing bench slope adjacent to our acclaimed Deer Camp vineyard, on the western edge of Grace Benoist Ranch. Here the soils are very well drained, and thanks to the Rodgers Creek Fault line, have alluvial Langier loam. This loam is volcanic, fine and sandy and presents with a gray to brown color and medium acidity levels. Laniger is more protected from the cooling Petaluma Gap but still benefits from proximity to the San Pablo Bay and its fog patterns. The gradual slope and moderate microclimate allow for even vine growth and ideal fruit ripening

Winemaker Jon Priest