What happens when a world class Pinot producer makes a Merlot? You get a world class Merlot, of course! This baby tastes totally rich and luxurious, you’ll be expecting to have paid twice the price. Our only warning is this Sonoma Valley surprise boasts a 14% ABV while being ever so smooth and tasty.
One of CA’s most accomplished winemakers. Winemaker Jon Priest built his pre-Etude resume on the Central Coast with esteemed Wine Cask, Wild Horse, Adelaida Cellars and Taz. 2005 marked his first vintage with Etude and he knocked it out of the park with this Merlot.
An unforgettable vintage. 2005 has proven itself as a very age worthy year. Our Tasting Panel says, “It is right at its prime drinkability. Delicious!” Plus, we can’t ignore Sonoma’s “very good” ranking for 2005 Merlot.
Estate elegance. Etude’s unique location brings cool temperatures and volcanic soil (unlike the mostly clay-based soils of the region) which combine to produce the vibrant, rich and balanced style the label has become so well-known for.
Dark cherry and blackberry aromas complement an appealing hint of toasty oak in this dense, deeply concentrated Merlot. Rich at entry, with added intensity on the mid-palate, the finish provides a lingering impression of layered black fruit.
The underlying philosophy at Etude Wines is that winemaking begins in the vineyard, long before the grapes are harvested. Winemaker, Jon Priest, believes that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker, resulting in authentic varietal expression.
duck breast with dried cherry-Merlot sauce, roast chicken with cranberry-wild rice stuffing, Carmelized onions, roasted garlic and mushrooms are pleasant companions.