Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 1886 2005
94 points Wine News: Deep black-garnet hue. A bouquet of blueberry, plum and chocolate under an umbrella of menthol. Supple, jammy flavors of plum and blueberry with remarkable ripeness and purity of fruit. Fine tannins surface in the finish along with dusty mineral accents; however, the hedonistic sweetness continues. (Oct/Nov 2008)
A Gold Medal Wine Club selection. 94 Points, Wine Review Online – “This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon represents Ehlers Estate’s superduper cuvée… Its grandeur is immediately apparent in the layers of aromas that rise from the glass and reinforced by an incredible finish. In between, the ripe black fruit flavors are beautifully entwined with nuances of toasty oak, herbs and smoky elements. Polished tannins give it a glossy texture. With a stated alcohol only 0.2 percent less (14.7%) than their other wines, it is clear that the absolute level of alcohol should not be sole criteria for judging wines. It’s the overall balance, which in this case is impeccable, that makes a great wine.”
When I tried this wine it was the first time experiencing subtle flavors from beginning to finish, and the balance of all the flavors were incredible. The bold characters and nuances were expertly fused together and well worth the wait of airation and well worth the price paid.