Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Etude Lyric Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2014

Etude Lyric Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2014

For a team meeting and planning session we all parachuted in to Columbus, Ohio for two days. In the evening, we had an informal causal pizza dinner at Dewey's Pizza. Dewey's promotes a selection of craft beers from the region and across the country. They have a minimal wine list of four reds and four whites offered by the glass (BTG). The reds selection features a cabernet, a red blend, a malbec and a Pinot. I tried the Pinot. Although I am not a big fan of Pinot, especially with pizza, I was intrigued by and interested to try this newly discovered label from Etude. The winelist described this as a California Central Coast Pinot Noir which didn't do it justice since this Lyric from Etude was from Santa Barbara County, a popular Pinot Noir varietal wine growing region.

Etude is based in the Carneros appellation, at the bottom of the Mayacamas Range that separates Napa and Sonoma Valleys, in the flatlands above San Pablo Bay. The area, with its milder micro-climate from the cool breezes and fog that roll in from the Bay is suitable for and known for Burgundy varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, rather than the Bordeaux varietals more typically associated with the warmer climes up in Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

Etude is known for Carneros Pinot's so it was interesting to find this secondary label from Santa Barbara County, near the cooling effects of the Pacific coast, another area known for and associated with Pinot Noir.

This provides reasonable QPR for a pleasant casual sipping Pinot Noir that is difficult to find in the sub $20 price point. According to on-line merchants, this is generally available in the $20-25 range.

This was ruby colored and light bodied, lacking in aromatics or distinguishable nose and that classic dusty rose of more sophisticated Pinots, this had moderate flavors of cherry and raspberry fruits with tones of subdued cinnamon and spice with soft tannins on the moderate finish.

RM 87 points.