Tasting Notes: The Merlot is our crowd pleaser! Blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds structure to the refreshing personality of the Merlot. The 2019 Ehlers Estate Merlot is medium ruby in color. Aromas of raspberry, red berry mix jam, fresh herbs, and vanilla. The palate is earthy mineral with forest floor, balanced smokiness, and red berry fruit. Great acidity and firm tannin structure. Concentrated flavors with a medium body. Ready to drink now. It will age exceptionally well for 10-15 more years. Unfined/Unfiltered.
Vintage: 2019 turned out to be a near-perfect vintage. With a cold rainy winter and extended rainy season into late spring, we had a couple of weeks delay in flowering and setting. All the work in the vineyard was tricky due to the rains. But a warm, late summer helped us to catch up phenologically. A cooling trend followed the summer that allowed us to hang the fruit longer for more flavor and tannin development. Cooler nights and mild temperatures during the day helped retain the acidity and aromas of the fruit.
Varietal: 77% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest: September - October 2019
Wine Analysis: 14.5 % alcohol / 3.72 pH
Aging: 64% new French Oak, 22 months
Appellation: St. Helena, Napa Valley
Bottling Date: August 2021
Cases Produced: 750 cases
Awards and Accolades: 93 Points Wine Enthusiast