Vintage 2013
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Carneros
Winemaker Jon Priest

The Etude Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from our estate vineyard at Grace Benoist Ranch, which is located in the northwest corner of the Carneros appellation. Our Chardonnay vineyards have deep, well-drained cobbly clay loam soils, perfect for growing grapes of exceptional expression. The cooler maritime temperatures at Grace Benoist Ranch provide for a long and even growing season, allowing the fruit to fully ripen in harmony with the vines’ physiological development.

Winemaker's Tasting Note

A pure, distinguished Chardonnay, this is rich and concentrated, yet elegantly vibrant. On the palate, our Estate Grown Chardonnay offers lemon curd, Bartlett pear, apple and citrus, but the fruit is balanced with acidity and citrus blossom notes, letting this wine be a versatile companion to food. The notable concentration of fruit comes from the low yielding selections and a subtle sur lie note adds nuance and depth.

About the Vintage

The Etude Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from Etude’s Estate Vineyards on Grace Benoist Ranch, in the far northwest corner of Carneros. Clay loam soils contribute distinct minerality, vibrant acidity and focused fruit flavors. The old-world style of the wine expresses beauty of the fruit without intervention. Lively minerality, bright acidity and neutral oak keep flavors lifted and fresh.