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Bella's Blend 2008

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Awards Accolades: <strong>92 Points Cellar Selection</strong> - Wine Enthusiast - "Made mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a big, massively structured wine. It offers an explosion of blackberries, cassis, dark chocolate and sweet, caramelized oak. It’s really too immature to enjoy now, but has the inherent balance to ride out the next 10 years until it throws sediment and mellows"<br/><br/> About This Wine: The grapes in this wine were all handpicked from the rocky hillside of Bavarian Lion Vineyards. The slightly higher elevation combined with volcanic soils and warm sunny days create ideal conditions for growing the classic Old World varietals.<br/><br/> The core of the wine is Cabernet Sauvignon, which provides deep, rich flavors of blackberries and cassis, with the Cabernet Franc and Merlot rounding out the flavors with dark plum, dark chocolate, and black tea. The robust profile makes it ideal for big flavors such as grilled meats, spice rubs, and smoke – fire up the grill. As it ages it will mature like a graceful Bordeaux-styled wine, with nuances of tobacco, cedar, and savory spices in the aroma and flavors. Drink now or cellar for 10 to 12 years.<br/><br/> About This Wine: Ehret Family Winery is the creation of husband and wife team, Pierre Ehret and Susan Robertson. The winery, based in Calistoga at the northern end of famed Napa Valley, hand crafts small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, and a red Meritage blend from the winery's estate Bavarian Lion Vineyard, located in the esteemed Knight's Valley, just north of Napa Valley, in Sonoma County.<br/><br/> Pierre Ehret is the owner of Sonoma County's renowned Flamingo Resort Hotel and Conference Center in Santa Rosa, California. Between his ownership of the hotel and his upbringing in Germany, Pierre developed an appreciation and understanding of fine wines, both domestic and European. That appreciation led to establishing the Bavarian Lion Vineyard in Napa Valley.<br/><br/> <strong>A Family Affair:</strong> Ehret Family Winery is more than just Pierre and Susan - the winery exists for the next generation, their children Alex, Christian, and Isabelle. The Ehret Family is dedicated to creating wines of quality and distinction that will build the winery a reputation for outstanding wines year after year.<br/><br/> <strong>A Star Winemaker:</strong> To create those outstanding wines, the Ehret Family hired Nick Goldschmidt of Goldschmidt Vineyards, Forefathers Wines, and the excellent wines in the portfolio of Beam Wine Estates (now Constellation Brands' Vintas BWE). Born and trained in New Zealand, Nick has international winemaking experience from California to Argentina, and from Australia to Europe.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Appellation:</strong> Knight's Valley, Sonoma County, California<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard:</strong> Bavarian Lion Vineyards<br/><br/> <strong>Varietals:</strong> 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 510 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.5% by volume<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.70<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.636 g/100 ml<br/><br/>

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Awards Accolades: <strong>92 Points Cellar Selection</strong> - Wine Enthusiast - "Made mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a big, massively structured wine. It offers an explosion of blackberries, cassis, dark chocolate and sweet, caramelized oak. It’s really too immature to enjoy now, but has the inherent balance to ride out the next 10 years until it throws sediment and mellows"<br/><br/> About This Wine: The grapes in this wine were all handpicked from the rocky hillside of Bavarian Lion Vineyards. The slightly higher elevation combined with volcanic soils and warm sunny days create ideal conditions for growing the classic Old World varietals.<br/><br/> The core of the wine is Cabernet Sauvignon, which provides deep, rich flavors of blackberries and cassis, with the Cabernet Franc and Merlot rounding out the flavors with dark plum, dark chocolate, and black tea. The robust profile makes it ideal for big flavors such as grilled meats, spice rubs, and smoke – fire up the grill. As it ages it will mature like a graceful Bordeaux-styled wine, with nuances of tobacco, cedar, and savory spices in the aroma and flavors. Drink now or cellar for 10 to 12 years.<br/><br/> About This Wine: Ehret Family Winery is the creation of husband and wife team, Pierre Ehret and Susan Robertson. The winery, based in Calistoga at the northern end of famed Napa Valley, hand crafts small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, and a red Meritage blend from the winery's estate Bavarian Lion Vineyard, located in the esteemed Knight's Valley, just north of Napa Valley, in Sonoma County.<br/><br/> Pierre Ehret is the owner of Sonoma County's renowned Flamingo Resort Hotel and Conference Center in Santa Rosa, California. Between his ownership of the hotel and his upbringing in Germany, Pierre developed an appreciation and understanding of fine wines, both domestic and European. That appreciation led to establishing the Bavarian Lion Vineyard in Napa Valley.<br/><br/> <strong>A Family Affair:</strong> Ehret Family Winery is more than just Pierre and Susan - the winery exists for the next generation, their children Alex, Christian, and Isabelle. The Ehret Family is dedicated to creating wines of quality and distinction that will build the winery a reputation for outstanding wines year after year.<br/><br/> <strong>A Star Winemaker:</strong> To create those outstanding wines, the Ehret Family hired Nick Goldschmidt of Goldschmidt Vineyards, Forefathers Wines, and the excellent wines in the portfolio of Beam Wine Estates (now Constellation Brands' Vintas BWE). Born and trained in New Zealand, Nick has international winemaking experience from California to Argentina, and from Australia to Europe.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Appellation:</strong> Knight's Valley, Sonoma County, California<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard:</strong> Bavarian Lion Vineyards<br/><br/> <strong>Varietals:</strong> 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 510 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.5% by volume<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.70<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.636 g/100 ml<br/><br/>

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