2015 Ehlers Estate "1886" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $100)

SKU #1405239 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 1886 is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot from St. Helena. Scented of red and black plums, earth and spice box with a waft of cedar and toast, the medium to full-bodied mouth shows a good core of energetic fruit, with a firm backbone, grainy tannins and a lively finish. (LPB)  (10/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Beautifully crafted and slow to unfold, but does so with wonderful grace and finesse, offering a mix of cherry, dark berry, cedar, anise and crushed rock flavors. Drink now through 2032. (JL)  (10/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Touches of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot figure into the mix of this impressive wine, a study in reductive oak and cherry vanilla. Substantial concentration belies an underlying foundation of acidity, that lingers and supports flashes of cinnamon and black cherry.  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "Dark black and scarlet color, rich and complex, this is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet with an underlying earthiness and soft fat tanins woven around a black plum and red fruit melody, and built on a firm acidic framework. Long finish, lingering impressions of cinnamon, coffee, and dark chocolate. A classic Ehlers Estate "1886" that will continue to improve for decades." Founded by Gold Rush merchant Bernard Ehlers in the 1880s (thus the "1886"), Ehlers Estate is now owned by the Leducq Foundation, established by Jean and Sylviane Leducq to support cardiovascular research. The 42-acre estate that surrounds the winery is CCOF certified organic and the Ehlers team practices sustainable and biodynamic viniculture. It's a lesser-known gem of the Napa Valley, and we love their wines, too. *Biodynamic*


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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2
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