2018 Jean Leducq Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: Jean Leducq was definitely a person with a big, bold character, and that is where my thoughts are when I look for that single block that will express that character in the wine. For the 2018 Ehlers Estate Jean Leducq Cabernet Sauvignon, I knew almost from the beginning that our block 2 A would be the chosen one. The fruit was expressive, potent with firm tannins and good color and flavors from grape to barrel. It always stands out in any tasting. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, exclusively from that single block. Deep layers of garnet-purple show minerality, wild blackberries, dark cherries, meaty smokiness, and spices in the nose. The mouth is firm in tannins with a full-body—upfront, very fruity with dark chocolate, licorice, and dry herbs. Enjoyable now, but definitely will age well for 15-20 more years.
Vintage: 2018 was a perfect vintage from a weather standpoint. Cooler nights and mild daytime temperatures in August helped to retain the beautiful natural acidity and delicate flavors and aromas of the fruit. The great weather conditions allowed for less irrigation and longer hang time for the grapes. This helped gain more concentration of fruit character in the wine during fermentation. We were able to pick at the perfect time in sugar, flavor, color, and tannin ripeness without losing acidity.
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest: September and October 2018
Wine Analysis: 14.5 % alcohol ● 3.63 pH
Oak Aging: 80% New French Oak, 20% used French oak for 22 months
Appellation: St. Helena, Napa Valley
Bottling Date: August 20, 2020
Cases Produced: 369 cases
Awards and Accolades: 93 Points Wine Spectator