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.
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A dense, rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon from the loamy benchland soils of our north St. Helena estate vineyard. The wine is plush and juicy with flavors of blackberries, truffles, black plums, torrefaction, toasted coconut, raspberry jam and cocoa. The power always present in our Ehlers... more
This full-bodied wine has a seamless structure, and boasts a delicate balance from beginning to end. Bold and expressive, with fat, full tanins that are at once refined, silky, and subtle. Blended from the rockiest, most well-drained parcels of the estate vineyard, this 1886 is a classic, ageworthy... more
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon 1886 faithfully expresses the quality and character of our North St. Helena terroir. This is a rich, powerful, dense Cabernet Sauvignon with all the elegance and soft, silky tanin that has always defined our Estate. Notes of black plums, black cherries, violets, cinnamon... more
This Bordeaux-style blend is a great example of the heights to which Napa Valley benchland Cabernet can rise. The wine is full-bodied, plush and juicy. Flavors of cocoa, cherry cola, raspberry, roasted coffee, and toasted coconut. The muscles always present in our Ehlers Cabernet are delicately... more
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... more
This Cabernet Sauvignon blend was created to express the broad diversity of our 23
individual vineyard blocks on our Estate vineyard. The name, One Twenty Over Eighty, is the ideal blood pressure and is a playful reminderof our unique ownership, dedicated to
cardiovascular research. Aromas of... more
Cabernet Sauvignon is the workhorse of Ehlers Estate. The 2004 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Winemaker Rudy Zuidema has carefully constructed this wine to allow all the varietals to complement one another and bring out the best flavor combination... more
Aromas of honey, lemon, and grapefruit rind form the citrus core. Layers of lychee, pear, sage, and clove transition into flavors of Meyer lemon, fig, kiwi and passion fruit. Driven by the passion, pear and lemon, a complex finish of cream, toast, straw and butter ends with focused acidity and... more
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and reflects the variety of clone and rootstock combinations that we grow on our 39 acres. This 2003 vintage is a youthful, forward and complex Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has an attractive dark ruby color, with aromas of black... more
Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2005!
A classy Merlot that combines intensity, concentration, richness and depth of flavor. The mix of currant, blackberry, mocha and vanilla bean folds together to give this a seductive personality. The tannins are ripe and it's impeccably balanced. Best from 2006... more