Vintage 2015
Wine Type White
Varietal Pinot Gris
Region Carneros
Winemaker Jon Priest

Etude was founded on the philosophy that winemaking begins in the vineyard long before the harvest and, that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker, resulting in authentic varietal expression.

Etude produces a distinctive, highly enjoyable style of Pinot Gris that is seamlessly aromatic, supple and dry.

Source: Cold Creek Vineyard & Etude Estate Vineyards at Grace Benoist Ranch, Carneros, Napa Valley
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Gris
Vinification: Stainless steel barrels and sur lies for 5 months


Tasting Notes

The 2015 Etude Pinot Gris has structural integrity, sheer mouth-filling stone fruit and citrus flavors and balancing acidity. At once the wine is texturally rich, crisp and lively. It shows citrus blossom and powerful but subtle flavors of Mirabelle plum, key lime and apricot that finish fresh and long.

Vineyard Notes

This wine is crafted from grapes grown in two unique vineyards in the Carneros appellation — 74% coming from our Estate Vineyard at Grace Benoist Ranch and the remaining 14% from Cold Creek Vineyard. Certified Alsatian clones are planted in deep, well-drained loamy soils at Grace Benoist Ranch, perfect for grape growing.  The cooler temperatures at both vineyards provide for a long and even growing season, allowing the Pinot Gris fruit to fully ripen while still preserving natural acidity. 

The Grace Benoist Estate vineyard is farmed to Etude’s exacting standards, using environmentally sound viticultural practices. We grow and ultimately harvest focusing on intensity of flavor, strong varietal delineation and ideal natural balance.

About the Vintage

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.

Winemaking Notes

After gentle whole cluster pressing, the juice for the 2015 Pinot Gris was transferred to small, 75-gallon stainless steel barrels for fermentation, and then allowed to mature undisturbed for five months before a very gentle bottling. The wine never touches a sliver of oak, nor does any portion undergo malolactic fermentation.