Etude is based in Napa, but it sources grapes from all over California for various wines — with a focus on pinot noir and chardonnay. Today we look at two summery roses, both made from pinot noir (or mostly pinot noir), with very different heritages.
2018 Etude Rose Santa Barbara County – (White label.) A blend of grapes, primarily pinot noir. Estate grown at North Canyon Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley. Fresh and fruit-forward, with lots of strawberry notes and a lingering orange peel character that recalls an Aperol Spritz. The finish is lightly infused with cinnamon and a touch of fresh green herbs. Worthwhile. B+ / $22
2018 Etude Rose of Pinot Noir Carneros – (Black label.) A blend of estate and other local fruit from Carneros; 100% pinot noir. Immediately delightful — a true rarity in the world of rose. A light sweetness lets the wine’s fruit shine clearly up front — crisp apples blended with a bit of strawberry jam — to create a perfectly summery rose. A slight cinnamon edge (again) informs the finish, making this a perfect pairing with chocolate and other desserts. Stock up for the warm weather ahead. A / $22