92+ Points- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
92 Points- Wine Spectator
90 Points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
90 Points- Wine Enthusiast 

94 Insider Points

REVIEWS

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, a multi-AVA blend, is a brilliant 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in primarily new French oak. This beauty offers a dense purple color, lots of creme de cassis, licorice and forest floor notes, a youthful personality, and a quasi-Bordeaux-like tannic structure. It will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring, and should keep for two decades. It is undeniably a major sleeper of the vintage." - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 

"Pure and deftly balanced, exhibiting a complex mix of fresh-turned earth, dark berry, spice, cedar and mocha. Most interesting on the finish where the flavors weave together. Ends with grippy, fine-grained tannins. Best from 2014 through 2024. 1,283 cases made." – Wine Spectator

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is quite reticent today. Grilled herbs, plums, cassis, menthol and new leather all take shape in the glass. An attractive, medium-bodied wine, the 2010 finishes with substantial energy and tension. Ideally, it needs another few years in bottle to fully come together. The cool, savory side of the vintage and the slightly higher percentage of Coombsville fruit yield a Cabernet that is a touch compact."- Antonio Galloni 

"Enormously rich and ripe in blackberry jam, cherry pie and chocolate flavors, this 100% varietal wine defines Napa Valley Cabernet, in the modern style. It’s high in alcohol, soft despite firm tannins and sweet, with a generous overlay of toasty oak. Delicious now, although it’s hard to see it going anywhere, so drink up." -Wine Enthusiast 

This is serious Cabernet from the heart of Napa Valley, Etude is definitely one of the preeminent Cab producers in the area, always pulling fruit the best sources and cutting no corners when it comes to production.  The 2010 is powerful and dense, showing layers of ripe berry, cedar box and dark chocolate.  You can expect purity in the wines from Etude, a sense of self that can be lacking from the less reputable wineries of Napa Valley.  Our panel was fully behind this wine when tasted, it comes highly recommended.  Enjoy now through 2025. - DZ Aug, 2015

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • ALCOHOL
    14.40%
  • SIZE
    750ml

92 points from Parker, for this “major sleeper of the vintage.” And the Spectator more than agrees, bestowing an additional 92-point score for this “pure and deftly balanced” Napa Cab. “Enormously rich and ripe in blackberry jam, cherry pie and chocolate flavors,” writes the Wine Enthusiast. The critics are, it seems, unanimous!

The icing on the cake for invino Members only: the lowest price anywhere for this highly coveted Cab, from one of California’s reigning kings. Etude’s house style is a master class in restraint and elegance, and nowhere is this more evident than in this 2010 Cabernet sourced for premier sites throughout the appellation. Earthy, tannic, grippy and dense, this wine shares much in common stylistically with the great reds of Bordeaux and holds back in both the ripe fruit and oak departments offering instead a gorgeous cassis-, anise- and tobacco-inflected red with a degree of finesse and complexity all too lacking in today’s flashy Napa Cabs.

Our Tasting Panel includes this bottle on one of the top five Cabs of the year, and agrees it is a wine that shines on the table with red meat, cheeses and the best of friends.


Reasons why we love it:

Aging in oak for 22 months does not, in this example, result in an overly oaky, sweet vanilla style of Cabernet. For starters, winemaker Jon Priest eschews maturation in 100% new wood, preferring the more subtle characters imparted by a combination of new and neutral French barrique.

Etude has long been a Parker favorite, with both and red and white wines earning scores well into the 90s since the winery’s founding in the 1980s. Though superstar winemaker Tony Soter sold his Etude winery a few years back, his passion for site-specific wines made first in the vineyard continues under the care and considerable talents of current winemaker Jon Priest.

90 points from the Wine Enthusiast, which notes: “Enormously rich and ripe in blackberry jam, cherry pie and chocolate flavors, this 100% varietal wine defines Napa Valley Cabernet, in the modern style. It’s high in alcohol, soft despite firm tannins and sweet, with a generous overlay of toasty oak. Delicious now…”

TASTING NOTES 

A wonderful lushness defines the 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which displays an impactful spectrum of blue and black fruit aromas typical of each unique sub-appellation. On the palate, warm blackberry, dark blueberry and plum are interwoven with cassis and toasted barrel spices. This Cabernet Sauvignon is satisfyingly evolved in its young years, but showcases a rich texture and velvety, long tannins telling of the wine’s graceful aging potential.

THE STORY TO KNOW

What began twenty five years ago as a philosophical state of mind is now a state-of-the-art winemaking facility where the ancient art of winemaking is pursued with a singular passion.
Founded in 1982 by Tony Soter, Etude produces world-class Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Carneros Pinot Noir.

Etude Wines is dedicated to mastering the craft of winegrowing. In classical music, an etude is a composition with a technical focus that allows the musician to practice a particular technique. Similarly, Etude wines are the product of deliberate concentration on the instructive variables of the craft. The end game is not edification alone, but rather the wine itself as a source of enjoyment. Chopin piano etudes are notoriously difficult but sublimely beautiful… this is an example of the practicing craft transformed to art.

Founder and self described winegrower Tony Soter puts it this way: “There’s no better vehicle with which to study or practice the craft of winemaking than Pinot Noir. It is the most challenging, unforgiving and quixotic of all wine grapes, and yet the most delicate and transparent.” “Make no mistake it is a humbling pursuit, but when it’s right, Pinot Noir is a glorious and moving thing. It is in the pursuit of that experience that we all work.”

Working together in this oenological quest for perfection are current winemaker Jon Priest and viticulturalist Franci Ashton. They transform the very finest Carneros and Napa Valley grapes into world-class wines sought out by the most discriminating wine lovers. In addition to its widely acclaimed Carneros Pinot Noir and legendary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Etude has also developed a loyal following for Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Merlot. 

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Our Tasting Panel includes this bottle on one of the top five Cabs of the year, and agrees it is a wine that shines on the table with red meat, cheeses and the best of friends.