Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Santa Maria Valley
Winemaker Jon Priest

As Santa Barbara County’s northernmost AVA, Santa Maria Valley is renowned for its unique funnel created by the only two transverse mountain ranges running east to west on the whole west coast of North America. Pinot Noir excels in this well-known transverse valley, which accentuates the cooling maritime influence that Santa Maria already enjoys due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean.

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast

“Plump red-cherry and bursting pomegranate aromas mesh with cinnamon, grape Jolly Rancher and crushed violets on the deliciously dynamic nose of this bottling. There is great freshness and zip to the sip, where a cohesive medley of cranberry, raspberry, Earl Grey tea and peppery spices unite. The tannins are firm but hidden until the finish.” - Matt Kettmann, May 2018

93+ Points - Vinous

“The 2015 Pinot Noir North Canyon Vineyard is one of the more nuanced, driven wines in this range. This cool site confers structure and bright acids, both of which shape the wine to a considerable degree. There is wonderful depth and intensity to play off the layered fruit in this expressive, highly nuanced Pinot from Etude.” - Antonio Galloni, March 2018

Tasting Notes

Concentrated flavors of bramble berries are complemented by black tea, cola and cloves in our 2015 North Canyon Vineyard Pinot Noir. This wine has balance depth and complexity that stays on the palate long into the finish.

Vineyard Notes

Less than twenty miles from the Pacific Ocean, North Canyon Vineyard sits along the Santa Maria river bench in a secluded canyon that provides some protection from the region’s renowned maritime influences. Located a bit off the direct valley, temperatures are often a few degrees warmer and North Canyon is exposed to extended periods of sunshine that ensure Pinot Noir matures to a bright red fruit character. A variety of rootstocks and clones are planted in calcareous clay sandstone at North Canyon, which differs from the valley’s defining marine mixture of ancient sea bed, clay loam and sand. Fruit from one select block, located on a bluff in the southern, cooler end of the canyon, was chosen for this Pinot Noir. In order to achieve the same high level of quality wines, the farming of North Canyon is uniquely hands on, which ensures viticulture practices and farming measures are comparable with that of Etude’s Estate Vineyards.

Vintage Notes

The lasting impression of this challenging vintage will be the reduced yields resulting from three prior years with abundant yields, married with a lingering drought, terrible weather during flowering and set and an early Fall frost. Nature. While bunches and berries were small, the precious fruit that remained was even more concentrated and flavorful. Harvest began about two weeks early. Small but mighty could be the bumpersticker.

Winemaking Notes

Crafted with the same minimal winemaking techniques as Etude’s celebrated Carneros Pinot Noirs, each regional wine purely reflects the unique essence and character of its regional vineyard and still maintains Etude’s hallmarks of aromatic intrigue, vibrancy of expression and depth in ageability.