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2021 Yamhela Vineyard Pinot Noir

2021 Yamhela Vineyard 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. Aft...

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.

  • Alcohol 14.1%
  • Vintage 2021
Regular price $70.00
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  • Vintage: 2021
  • Region: Oregon
  • Appelation: Yamhill-Carlton
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

A Pinot Noir of compelling ruby hue flecked with garnet, this wine beguiles with aromatics of ripe red berries and plum with hints of savory conifer, conjuring an afternoon amble in a sun dappled forest. Red and blue fruits complement a vibrant acidity, with lifted notes of chaparral herbs and a sophisticated minerality. Its youthful structure and elongated finish ensure this wine may be enjoyed for 3-8 years when properly cellared.

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The Vineyard

Yamhela Vineyard

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.


  • The 2021 season was joyous and welcomed after the challenges of previous vintages, producing exceptionally high-quality fruit, some of the best in recent years. A tremendous year to taste the nuances and terroir distinction from around the valley.

  • Spring

    Rain early in the year led to almost no notable precipitation for the rest of the season, providing an ideal environment for grapes to flower, bloom, and set in early spring, with budbreak early in April, followed by flowering and bloom in May.

  • Summer

    The summer saw early and even ripening throughout the valley, with veraison appearing in early July.Low yields (in part due to drought conditions), created fruit that is intensely flavored and smaller in berry size.

    One of the earliest starts, harvest began with white wine grapes coming in towards late July, while red wine grapes arrived about a month later, at the end of August.

  • Harvest

    With optimal ripening and taste, our winemakers took their time bringing grapes in, crafting wines of fantastic character, with amazing color extraction, aromatic intensity, tremendous balance, and structure, that are equally lush and fruity.

Crafted Excellence


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.