Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 1886 2011
81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Complex, layered, and sophisticated. This is an age-worthy Cabernet with clean, clear fruit expression, a strong acid presence, and smooth, elegant tannins. Spicy with leather, clove, maple syrup, dark chocolate, black cherries, and black plums, this wine has a terrific balance and structure and a long memorable finish. A classic Ehlers '1886' that will continue to improve for decades. Alcohol 14.5%.
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.
This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Diamond Series selection. 94 Points, Wine News Magazine 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.” 91 Points, Wine Spectator – "A ripe, zesty expression of Cabernet, with ripe cherry, plum and raspberry fruit that's clean, focused and refreshing, ending with an elegant mouthfeel and fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2014." “Today’s Recommended Wine”, Detroit News – “It’s clear this is no ordinary Cab. The purity of the wine sticks out. The nose is intense cassis, violets, dark chocolate and spicy/smoky new French oak. Mouthfeel is creamy, tannins are silky…It’s ever so appealing, full-bodied and still a babe but highly approachable.
Very nice dark fruit, smooth, silky, like velvet.
Thick, ruby color with everlasting finish. Velvet, smooth and lucious dark berries. A wonder on the nose. This wine must be aired for at least 30-45 minutes for full effect.
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Notes of black plums, black cherries, violets, cinnamon and toffee, layered with ripe red fruit and chocolate cherries. Complex, exciting, and elegant.
This once beleaguered winery that suffered under absentee ownership, questionable management, and revolving door winemakers, seemingly has finally gotten its stuff together. With the addition a couple of years ago of winemaker Rudy Zuidema and a new and apparently competent front office team, Ehlers now has to be taken seriously.And with this 2003 Cabernet, I think the winery has a winner. There’s sandlewood, black cherry and stewed fruit notes in the nose, while the palette exhibits a warm and fuzzy feel with some bittersweet chocolate (I’d say it’s about at a 60% cocoa quotient), and interesting complexity from earth and tar. The wine has great balance and fills the mouth with goodness. Hold onto it for a year and then watch it mature over a 20-year period.The vineyard was farmed organically as well as biodynamically. The fruit was picked at 24.9 brix, 70% new French oak was used for 20 months, and 700 cases were produced. With everything finally in place here, just to the east of Highway 29 and a couple of miles north of downtown St. Helena, Ehlers looks as if it’s become a player.
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Dietary Information: Organic
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