92 Points, The Wine Advocate
"Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Grace Benoist Ranch has a savory, sautéed herbs-laced nose over a core of red currants, cranberries and Bing cherries plus hints of dusty earth and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with savory/earthy flavors, framed by chewy tannins and finishing with a lot of interesting layers." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
"Moving to the reds, the 2015 Pinot Noir Grace Benoist Ranch is a deeply colored effort that has medium-bodied notes of red currants, cherries, campfire and forest floor. It has plenty of texture and a charming, rounded, delicious style ideal for drinking over the coming 4-5 years." - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Carneros Estate Pinot Noir exhibits intriguing and complex aromas and flavors of dark cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, plum, black tea and the signature cinnamon graham cracker spice often found in our Grace Benoist Ranch Pinot Noirs. Bright yet concentrated red fruit comes through on the palate, followed by a lush mouthfeel and silky tannins. Elegant, rich but light-hearted, with juicy acidity, balance and a memorable finish.
The vineyard parcels on Grace Benoist Ranch are customized to conform to the various soil types and the changing contours of the topography. Individual vineyards average only 8 acres in size and the spacing is dense to ensure low per vine yields of fully concentrated fruit. As stewards of the property, Etude remains steadfast in our commitment to adhere to sustainable agricultural practices that enable us to farm in concert with the surrounding environment.
After three years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage brought low, but outstanding yields. A mild spring and summer with almost no rain allowed the fruit to ripen at a very steady and deliberate pace, and picking began a few days earlier than 2014. The drier-than-normal conditions and abundant sunshine contributed to the smaller berry size and low yields, resulting in wines with excellent concentration, color and flavor.