Complex, layered, and sophisticated. Powerful and elegant, blackberries, espresso, caramel, leather, French plums, and sweet black currants. This wine is ripe and chewy, big and round, with beautifully resolved tannins. Great balance and structure, like an entire meal in a glass, with a finish that goes on forever. A classic Ehlers Estate “1886” that will continue to improve for decades.
2012 was a great vintage in the Napa Valley. Early spring rains gave us just the water we needed to get the vines growing, then the warm weather set in right on cue. All summer long we enjoyed warm days and cool nights that were so beautiful it was almost too good to be true! A long mellow season with enough heat to polish the grapes and develop the flavors, and no extreme weather events to compromise the valley-wide excellence. Every grape on the estate was picked at optimum ripeness.
Farming: 100% CCOF Certified Organic
Oak Regime: 100% French Oak, 70% New Primary Coopers: Nadalie, St. Martin, Baron, De Jarnac
Harvest Date: October 19 – October 26, 2012
Bottling Date: July 22, 2014
95% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot