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1997 Etude - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml
1997 Etude - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
1997 Etude - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 90

Saturated ruby. Highly aromatic, fruit-driven nose of boysenberry, cassis, minerals, cedar, flowers and shoe polish. Dense, highly concentrated and sharply delineated. Fairly big cabernet for this label but not at all heavy. Dusty tannins spread out over the palate. A bit of cabernet sauvignon from the Eden Rock Vineyard under Dalla Valle really lifts this wine's aromatics.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 129

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (1,800 cases), which will be released in October, ranks alongside the finest Tony Soter has produced. Don't miss it! Opaque purple-colored, with a gorgeously seamless personality, this unfined/unfiltered wine exhibits classic aromas of cassis, licorice, chocolate, and toast. Rich and full-bodied, with sweet tannin, a multilayered mid-palate, and a terrific finish, it possesses accessibility and opulence, but its balance and overall concentration suggest it will age for two decades or more.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Great structure, deliciously rich and complex, deep and fragrant, with layers of concentrated black cherry, plum, currant and wild berry, picking up pretty spice and floral notes and finishing with a long, lingering finish. Tempting now. 2,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews


TannicTony Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 09/08/2009 Drink Dates: 1999-2004

Last of 8 bottles purchased on release. Fruit has dissipated leaving a very dry and grainy palate. Food helps but on its own very disjointed. Based on my previous notes this wine was drinking much better 4 years ago.

JIm Rooney Trust Rating: 88 Tasted On: 03/29/2009 Drink Dates:

gift, not tasted

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Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 03/01/2004 Drink Dates: 2009+

Dark red colored wine with no evidence of aging and thin lightly pigmented legs. A somewhat closed aroma (this wine was much more effusive a few years ago) of warm dark fruits, clay, high-toned baker?s chocolate, and light sage. Smooth and very supple in the mouth with persistent length. Tannins are well integrated with somewhat high, but acceptable acidity. The wine is in its awkward teenage years and should not be touched for another five years. 93+ points (this rating gives higher then usual credit for the possibility of increasing in pleasure with time ? it was much more impressive on release).

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