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2020 Etude Carneros Pinot Gris

2020 Etude Carneros Pinot Gris


2020 Etude Carneros Pinot Gris

Price $32.00
Case (12)
Price $384.00

Tasting Notes

A classic take on Pinot Gris, this refreshing sipper offers lovely white floral aromatics delicately interwoven with subtle tropical notes. Guava, kiwi, white peach, and lychee jump from the glass, while fresh Meyer lemon and citrus blossom come through on the palate, supported by a flinty minerality. Delicate, creamy, and round with a lean line of acidity and rich mouthfeel. Finishes long and dry.

Technical Information

Varietal Pinot Gris
Vintage 2020
Appellation Carneros
Blend 96.5% Pinot Gris, 3.5% Gewürztraminer
Alcohol % 13.3%
Enclosure Type Cork
Case Production 425
pH 3.38


The grapes were night harvested into small bins and rushed to the winery to retain fruit freshness and purity. After gentle, whole-cluster pressing, the juice was transferred to 75-gallon stainless steel barrels for fermentation. It matured undisturbed, sur lie for four months, enhancing the silky texture and mouthfeel, before a very gentle bottling. The wine never touches oak and does not undergo malolactic fermentation.


Despite some memorably atypical factors, the 2020 season was another successful vintage. It was a warm, dry winter and the rain and cooler weather didn’t arrive until the end of March. While the mild spring provided a great early start, the winery followed extensive safety protocols due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Summer brought very cool mornings and very warm days. Harvest was interrupted by wildfires across California, which came just as grapes started to be picked. We were very fortunate that none of our vineyards were in the active fire areas. The white wine harvest started in late August and the wines showed excellent development in cellars, reflecting the fine vintage year.


Certified Alsatian clones, planted in the deep, well-drained loamy soils of our Estate Vineyard, Grace Benoist Ranch, produce a distinctive, highly enjoyable Pinot Gris that is seamlessly aromatic, supple, and dry. The cooler temperatures, driven by nearby San Pablo Bay, provide for a long, even growing season, allowing the fruit to fully ripen while preserving natural acidity. The vineyard is farmed to Etude’s exacting standards, using environmentally sound viticultural practices. We grow and harvest focused on intensity of flavor, strong varietal delineation, and ideal natural balance. Etude is sustainably certified under the Napa Green program at the winery, while Grace Benoist Ranch is certified under the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.