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Ehlers Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, California 2017 (750mL)
Ehlers Estate is ancient by California standards. In the late 1800s, Bernard Ehlers bought a 10-acre parcel of land in St. Helena, planting an olive grove and replanting the struggling vineyards. By 1886, he finished construction of the stone barn that still serves as the estate’s tasting room. Ehlers Estate has been a consistent performer and a go-to for affordable Napa Cab. You can’t go wrong with their regular Napa Valley bottling that incorporates 75% estate fruit and the rest is sourced from Yountville. All the vineyards on the estate have been farmed biodynamically for over a decade and the estate has been certified organic since 2008. With no point of the property farther than 600 yards from the winery, the full-time vineyard team can have complete control over every element of viticulture, and their attention to detail shows. This 80/20 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc shows dark crimson with purple highlights at its core with a touch of brick coloring at the edge. Swirling layers of aromas pour out of the glass, red plum, sage, violets, cacao nib, caramel, and cassis. On the palate, the wine is pure elegant power, with silky blackberry preserves, espresso, and a touch of Madagascar vanilla at the finish, with tannins that are big, but not drying. Ready to drink now, but it will age extremely well for another decade.
- CountryUnited States
- RegionNapa Valley, California
- Sub-RegionSaint Helena
- SoilGravelly Clay Loam
- BlendCabernet Sauvignon 80% & Cabernet Franc 20%
- Oak49% New French Oak, 51% Used French Oak for 22 months.
- Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
- GlasswareBordeaux Stems
- PairingRib-Eye Steak with Red Wine Sauce Reduction
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