Etude has handcrafted its celebrated Pinot Noir from the Carneros region for over 30 years and is now continuing its steadfast study of the varietal in the famed Santa Barbara County appellation. Influenced by the minimal-intervention philosophy of its parent winery, Lyric by Etude is an authentic expression of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir. Crafted to provide a pure sense of place, Lyric is reflective of the region’s nuances with its signature silky texture and bright red fruit flavor profiles. Varietally correct, 100% Pinot Noir.
Beautiful in the glass with a bright ruby color, this Pinot Noir is fresh and vibrant. Alluring aromas of raspberry, cherry, cinnamon and clove entice the senses. On the plate, notes of red fruit, strawberry and raspberry are structured by soft tannins. Elegant and bright, this wine shows the perfect balance of fresh acidity, youthful fruit and delicate oak, making this a wonderful complement to an assortment of meals.
Santa Barbara County’s lengthy growing season and coastal climate make the appellation a perfect place to grow balanced and concentrated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit. The southerly location of these inland valley vineyards provides generous sunshine to ripen grapes to full maturity, but the cool direct influence of the Pacific Ocean moderates the heat, making this one of the coolest growing regions in California. The east-west transverse valleys, unique to this region, open the vineyards directly to the maritime fog and breeze, and cool the sunny valleys significantly. The grapes for Lyric are sourced from Fiddlestix Vineyard, located along the Santa Ynez Riverbench in the cool Santa Rita Hills AVA, and North Canyon Vineyard, which marks the Northern boundary of the Santa Maria Valley AVA, within Santa Barbara County.
For more than a decade Jon has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma's Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California's Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.
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