2004 Etude Deer Camp Carneros Estate Grown Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 470 cases, $60. The first vineyard designated Pinot Noir from the Etude Estate vineyards. This wine is named for an old deer camp structure that stands at the base of the vineyard. The parcel is so unique that it is considered a “vineyard within a vineyard.” The low vigor soil is rocky and well drained contributing to the small size of the vines. · Deep dark purple color. The fruit is overripe displaying notable aromas and flavors of raisin and port. A bold expression of Pinot Noir with deep dark fruits flanked by earth, game and feral notes. Noticeable tannic backbone and lively acidity. The cooked fruit nature of this wine was not to my taste. Reviewed February 12, 2009

Winery: Etude Wines
From article: Tasting Etude Pinot Noirs