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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Enthusiast, 92 Wine Spectator, 92 The Wine Advocate
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 112056
The 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon "1886" is a classic expression of our North St. Helena terroir. This vintage brought us a rich, powerful, dense Cabernet with all the elegance and soft, silky tannins that have always defined our Estate. Notes of black cherries and violets are followed by a symphony of red fruit and spicy layers that finish with impressions of dark Valrhona chocolate. The Petit Verdot contributes a wisp of blueberry and nutmeg, and the small addition of Merlot warms up the mid palate. There is great structure and balance that promises continuted improvement for decades.
This is the winery’s top bottling from the estate vineyard, off Highway 29 in St. Helena. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, it shows the variety’s blackberry and cherry flavors, with notes of violets and milk chocolate. New oak to the tune of 70% adds a rich, caramelly smokiness. Very delicious, and should develop for a few years, although the softness limits longterm cellaring.
Smooth, rich and generous, full-bodied and intense without being heavy or ponderous, offering a mix of ripe plum, kirsch and wild berry. Holds its focus, ending with a long, layered finish. Drink now through 2017. 800 cases made.
A beautiful effort, Ehlers Estate’s 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon 1886 is an homage to their founder, Bernard Ehlers, who first planted vines here in 1886. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot, it boasts a deep ruby/purple color along with a broad bouquet of black raspberries, black currants, cherries, spice and even a floral component. Medium to full-bodied with abundant fruit, purity and texture, it should drink well for at least a decade.