Etude was founded on the philosophy that winemaking begins in the vineyard long before the harvest, with superior grape growing leading to wines with authentic varietal expression and a telling reflection of where they are grown and produced.
Etude produces a distinctive, highly enjoyable style of Pinot Gris that is seamlessly aromatic, supple and dry.
Source: Etude Estate Vineyards at Grace Benoist Ranch, Carneros, Napa Valley
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Gris
Vinification: Stainless steel barrels and sur lie ageing for 5 months
Cases Produced: 1,939
“Etude's 2017 Pinot Gris Grace Benoist Ranch Estate Grown is a very pretty, open-knit white with lovely textural depth and aromatic brightness. Orchard fruit and floral notes are nicely woven together. Supple and gracious, the 2017 is absolutely delicious. The warm vintage has given the Pinot Gris an extra kick of texture that is quite appealing. The Pinot Gris is often one of the highlights in this range, as it is again in 2017.” - Antonio Galloni, December 2018
The 2017 Etude Pinot Gris is an elegant and graceful wine with vibrant acidity, mouth-filling stone fruit, citrus blossom and lime. A creaminess is apparent, intertwined with nuances of quince and a concentrated fruit character, lending a rich and vivid quality to the wine. A fresh and delicate nature culminate in a delightful and persistent finish.
This wine is crafted from grapes grown on our Estate Vineyard, Grace Benoist Ranch. Certified Alsatian clones are planted here in deep, well-drained loamy soils which are perfect for grape growing. The cooler temperatures here provide for a long and even growing season, allowing the Pinot Gris fruit to fully ripen while still preserving natural acidity.
The Grace Benoist Estate vineyard is farmed to Etude’s exacting standards, using environmentally sound viticultural practices. We grow, and ultimately harvest, focusing on intensity of flavor, strong varietal delineation and ideal natural balance.
Overall, 2017 proved to be a slightly smaller yielding vintage but one of exceptional quality. A brief period of warm weather occurred during Labor Day weekend which accelerated the harvest in some areas. Temperatures subsided just when we needed and the fruit was allowed to mature and ripen perfectly on the vines before harvest officially began. Overall, a quick and intense harvest, with all the fruit picked within two to three weeks, but the quality of the vintage shows great fl avor intensity, perfect ripening and maturity, lovely balance and complexity.
We harvested the Pinot Gris into small bins at night and rushed them to our winery in order to retain the freshness and purity of the fruit. After gently pressing the whole clusters, the juice for the 2017 Pinot Gris was transferred to small, 75-gallon stainless steel barrels for fermentation, and then allowed to mature undisturbed for five months sur lie (ageing on the lees), enhancing the silky texture and mouthfeel, before a very gentle bottling. The wine never touches a sliver of oak, nor does any portion undergo malolactic fermentation.