||September 21 – October 15, 2010
||August 24, 2012
Another luscious, full, and rich Merlot that illustrates the full potential of the Ehlers terroir. A complex of intense dark chocolate, red raspberry, a very subtle spearmint, and European black licorice, defines this vintage. The tanins are at once fine and chewy, and the bold, juicy structure of the wine is what has always made the Ehlers Merlot “a Merlot for Cabernet drinkers.”
After three years of drought, the 2010 vintage rolled in with an unseasonably cold wet spring and left the vines with plenty of ground water. The buds came out a full two weeks later than normal, and the late season growth continued through flowering, fruit-set, and clear into ripening. 2010 was the coolest summer on record for the Napa Valley and the grapes developed slowly to full maturity without any adverse influences from the weather. Ehlers is nestled in one of the warmer parts of the Napa Valley, and without exception, our grapes sweetened up beautifully with small berries, thick skins, and intense flavors. The resulting wines are outstanding.
Oak Regime: 100% French Oak, 50% New
Primary Coopers: Nadalie, St. Martin, Baron, Demptos, De Jarnac