A true reflection of the winery’s Grace Benoist Ranch estate vineyard, this wine is a blend of the best blocks on the Ranch, tucked away in the far northwest corner of the Carneros appellation. Unlike most Carneros vineyards, which are largely uplifted bay bottoms with soils composed of clay, the soils on Grace Benoist Ranch are variations of volcanic origin. Combining these well-drained, rocky upland soils with the extreme western location closer to San Pablo Bay, make this cooler site an ideal place to grow Burgundian varieties.
"A really refined chardonnay with sliced apple, lemon curd and pie crust. Medium body with firm phenolics that are nicely integrated and finely tuned. Fresh and elegant. No new oak and no malo. Drink now.” - James Suckling
“Starting with the 2018 Chardonnay Grace Benoist Ranch, which comes from the Los Carneros region, it reveals a medium gold hue as well as classy notes of orchard fruits, white flowers, toasted bread, and honeysuckle. With a pure, elegant texture, medium-bodied richness, and a salty finish that keeps you coming back to the glass, enjoy this outstanding Chardonnay over the coming 3-4 years. I wouldn't be surprised to see it keep longer, either.” - Jeb Dunnuck, January 28, 2021
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.