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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1886 2007
Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1886 2007
(search item no. 112056)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $71.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.
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About Ehlers Estate:

In 1886, Bernard Ehlers completed planting the vineyards and constructed the stone winery building, which remains today as the focal point of the Estate. When Ehlers passed away in 1901, he left the Estate to his wife Anna, who maintained the property for the next 15 years. In 1923, local resident Alfred Domingos purchased the land from Anna Ehlers. Since home winemaking was legal, Domingos and his brother "bootlegged" wine and brandy to a growing stream of Bay Area visitors. In fact, so many tourists came to Napa Valley to obtain illegal alcohol that the Carquinez Bridge was erected to facilitate transportation.

The early 1970s brought a revived interest in California wines, and the Estate became home to a number of small new wineries including Conn Creek Winery, Saintsbury, and Stratford Winery. In 1982, Parisians Jean and Sylviane Leducq established the Prince Michel Vineyards and Winery in Virginia. Their goal was to marry their Gallic passion for fine wine and food with American history. Under the direction of French enologist Jacques Boissenot, in 1987, the Leducqs purchased 7 acres of vineyard that were part of the original land tract belonging to W.W. Lyman.

In May 2001, the original stone winery and estate home built by Bernard Ehlers was purchased, thus reuniting the Estate. The stewardship of Ehlers Estate is now in the hands of the Leducq Foundation.