Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Wine SpectatorEnormously complex, deep, dark, rich and polished, with layers of concentrated black cherry, blackberry, currant and anise. Framed by pretty toasty oak, the fruit holds a firm upper hand, turning richly tannic on the finish. Best from 2004 through 2015.
Wine AdvocateFrom a tannic vintage for Napa Cabernet, Etude's 1999 is a stunning success. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a restrained but noble bouquet of creme de cassis, vanilla, and lead pencil. This medium to full-bodied effort is elegant and concentrated with well-balanced tannin as well as extract. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2015.
Wine EnthusiastPlush tannins and spicy black fruit on the palate leaven the whipped vanilla cream, strawberry, and cocoa aromas. A beam of currant fruit shines on the full, softly tannic finish.