Our Deer Camp Pinot Noir is a vineyard designated wine from the Etude Estate Vineyards at Grace Benoist Ranch. This multi-vineyard ranch is tucked away in the far northwest corner of the Carneros appellation and features well-drained, rocky upland soils.
"The 2017 Pinot Noir Deer Camp Vineyard is composed mainly of Martini clone selection. Medium ruby-purple colored, it comes charging out of the gate with bold notes of black raspberries, boysenberries and rhubarb pie plus suggestions of tobacco leaf, sassafras and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a commendably sturdy structure of firm tannins and oodles of freshness, lifting the generous earth-laced fruit to a long finish. 334 cases were made.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, August 13th, 2020
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 althea 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.
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.
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