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2019 Etude Yamhela Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2019 Etude Yamhela Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2019 Etude Yamhela Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir




Pinot Noir expresses the place it was grown to a degree that no other wine grape can. The varietal offers a delicate transparency that when pursued right, effortlessly reveals its origins. After 30 years of crafting Pinot Noir in Napa’s Los Carneros, Etude continues its study of this captivating varietal and its varying expressions in one of the New World’s most renowned Pinot growing regions.

Awards & Accolades

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    Wine Advocate

    “Produced in California from Oregon fruit, the 2019 Pinot Noir Yamhela Vineyard features delicate notes of cherries, rose petals and hints of orange zest. Medium-bodied, it boasts ample concentration and an easy, silky feel.” - Joe Czerwinski, June 2022

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Notes

An elegant and graceful expression of Oregon Pinot Noir, with fine tannins, and a beautiful bouquet of red fruit expression. On the nose and palate, there are layers of bright Bing cherry and macerated strawberry, alongside notes of pomegranate and tangerine. Secondary notes of black tea and chaparral herbs compliment the juicy, mouthwatering acidity, finishing with freshness, focus, and lift. Subtle mineral notes of wet stone, forest floor and earth underscore and support the fruit, creating a beautiful complexity, with a lithe and rich texture, all leading to a long, savory, direct finish.


The Yamhill-Carlton District of Willamette Valley experienced a “return to normal” vintage in 2019 with it being the coolest vintage since 2011, and yields were low to moderate. The spring and summer were warm and pleasant, with occasional showers, and the season stayed relatively mild, followed by cool autumn weather with early fall rains in September. This allowed the grapes to develop aromatic nuance on the vine, while retaining freshness and acidity. The characteristic of the vintage is elegant and floral Pinot Noir fruit, with beautiful balance, bright acidity, lower alcohol, and a delicate, graceful character.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley AVA

Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley


The epitome of cool-climate viticulture, Oregon’s Willamette Valley is subject to variances of weather and best known for the equally finicky varietal: Pinot Noir. Home to two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards, Willamette Valley ranges 100 miles north to south following the Willamette River and spans 60 miles at its widest point. The region is protected from Pacific storms on the west, by the Coast Range, and the Cascade Mountains on the east, separate Willamette’s maritime climate from the dry heat of eastern Oregon.
In the northwest corner of Willamette Valley, low ridges create an AVA centered around the hamlets of Carlton and Yamhill in a distinct horseshoe shape. Home to some of Oregon’s most renowned Pinot Noir vineyards, the Yamhill-Carlton District is known for its course-grained marine sedimentary soils that are among the oldest in Willamette Valley. The appellation is situated on hillsides between 200 and 1,000 feet in elevation, and the Yamhela Vineyard, established in 2007, is located at a sweet spot with blocks from 220-630 feet above sea level. This specific site is low enough to allow for ideal ripening and receives more sunshine than the rest of the region, which is often under a rain shadow established by the looming Coast Range to the west. The specific soil combined with the location encourages early ripening of Pinot Noir, which is particularly important in this region.


Crafted with the same minimal winemaking techniques as Etude’s celebrated Carneros Pinot Noirs, this Oregon wine purely reflects the unique essence and character of the Yamhela vineyard while maintaining Etude’s hallmarks of aromatic intrigue, vibrancy of expression and depth in ageability.

Winemaker Jon Priest

Alcohol % 13.3%
Oak Treatment 100% French oak barrels (25% new) for 14 months
pH 3.66
Blend 100% Pinot Noir

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