If you’re in the market for a great holiday gift for a wine lover, or just looking for an excellent red wine to serve with Christmas dinner, I’d consider Etude Pinot Noir, Grace Benoist Ranch, Carneros Estate Grown.
According to Etude winemaker Jon Priest, this Etude Carneros Pinot Noir “hails from our estate vineyards tucked away in the far Northwest corner of the Carneros appellation, just on the Southwest corner of the town of Sonoma. Unlike most of the Carneros region, which is largely uplifted bay bottoms with soils composed of clay, the soils on Grace Benoist Ranch are variations of volcanic origin. Combining these well-drained, rocky upland soils with the extreme western location closer to the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay make this site an ideal place to grow Burgundian varieties. Grace Benoist Ranch is also farmed to Etude’s exacting standards, using environmentally sound viticultural practices. The Ranch is sustainably farmed and certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance as well as Fish Friendly Farming.”
To make this delicious wine, a blend of the highest-quality grapes from individual vineyard parcels on the Grace Benoist Ranch are selected. The result is bright red fruit flavors and strawberry aromas, along with hints of cinnamon. Although this Pinot Noir is very tasty right now, it could be cellared for up to a decade or so. It’s a complex wine that would be a terrific partner for holiday turkey or ham.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.