A quintessential expression of this beautiful varietal and the depth of flavors it can exhibit. Complementary lots from AVAs up and down the Valley are chosen to craft a wine that is a hallmark expression of Napa Valley terroir. Beringer's hallmark Chardonnay and a former Wine Spectator “Wine of the Year.”
Fermented in steel vats at a controlled temperature where it is left to macerate for three weeks. After maloclactic fermentation, half the wine is allowed to mature in barriques while the other half is put in large sessile oak barrels for 14 months. This is followed by ageing in the bottle for a year and a half.
The must, which comes from grapes picked by hand, was placed in horizontal vinification tanks where it remained for around 3 weeks. Once the malolactic fermentation was complete, the wine immediately went into oak casks for aging. Maturation lasted 15 months: 10% of the wine went into Allier oak barriques, the remaining 90% into traditional Slavonian oak barrels. This was followed by 12 months’ maturation in stainless steel and a further three months in bottle before release.
The Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted from several unique vineyards representing the prestigious sub-appellations of Napa Valley. Etude also produces a series of very small bottles of single appellation Cabernet Sauvignon.
A very natural wine making process, the alcoholic fermentation is followed by natural malolactic fermentation in steel casks. A short maturation of the wine before bottling, no wood: the wine maintains and displays all the organoleptic characteristics of the grape, along with a great freshness.