Wine Spectator | Rating: 92A firm, sturdy, at times rustic effort, with crushed rock and loamy earth woven with dried currant and dark berry. Intense and persis- tent, this is chunky now, built for cellaring.Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91Bright full ruby. Brooding aromas of cassis, blueberry, licorice and minerals complicated by bitter chocolate and pepper. Juicy, fine-grained and energetic, with bright acidity intensifying the flavors of currant, mocha and dark chocolate. Shows some cool notes of menthol and herbs but there's also an attractive creaminess of texture here and the tannins are fine. Finishes with noteworthy persistence.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2013
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90Etude's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley bursts from the glass with juicy dark berries, grilled herbs, menthol, tar, tobacco and licorice. Firm tannins provide the backbone as this powerful, muscular Cabernet opens up in the glass. Raspberry jam, flowers and spices add lift on the finish. Slightly wild notes detract a touch from the wine's overall balance. Otherwise, this is a fine effort. The 2009 needs a few years to settle down, after which it should drink beautifully for another decade. The blend is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.Author: Antonio Galloni
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- 40 bottles owned
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