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The 2017 vintage of the Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded best cabernet sauvignon by the bottle by 2020 Sommeliers Choice Awards which makes it the best cabernet to have in your restaurants.
1886 Ehlers Estate is an impressive 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from different blocks on the property. It’s deep red-purple in color with aromas of cassis, wild blackberries, licorice, herbs de Provence, cedar and tobacco leaf. The bright mouthfeel showcases flavors of cassis, dark cherries, sweet chocolate, black pepper and saffron, with a long mineral post-taste. Full body with silky tannins and a long finish. Enjoyable now but more pleasant to wait a few more years.
2017 began with abundant rainfall, followed by a mild Spring resulting in extended flowering with little shatter. A Labor Day weekend heatwave kicked harvest into high gear, then cool weather allowed sugar levels to return to normal. By October 4th, all our grapes were happily fermenting in tanks, most of them already pressed and in barrels starting malolactic fermentation. Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Nestled in the heart of the Napa Valley, Ehlers Estate produces organically farmed Bordeaux varietals within our 42-acre estate. Every detail, from farming to winemaking to hospitality, is meticulously crafted to design a singular experience for our guests.
Their story began in 1885 when Bernard Ehlers purchased the land and began planting vineyards on site. In 1886, he completed the stone winery which is now our dedicated hospitality space. Our signature wine, 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon is named in honor of that historic date.
Between 1923 and 1968, the estate changed ownership multiple times and underwent several name changes before being purchased in 1987 by Jean and Sylviane Leducq, who ultimately re-established the property and re-instated the Ehlers name.
Recognizing the global need for support and advancement in cardiovascular care, Jean and Sylviane created the Leducq Foundation in 1996 to benefit international cardiovascular and, most recently, neurovascular research. With the Leducqs passing, Jean in 2002 and Sylviane in 2013, Ehlers Estate became an asset of the Leducq Foundation and all of their proceeds continue to support their research.
With a Mediterranean spirit and Napa Valley approach, their winemaking and hospitality teams continue to execute Jean and Sylviane’s vision. Their winemaker, Laura Diaz Munoz, brings her experience and old-world style to the estate with a focus on making terroir-driven wines with balance and sophistication. Laura began her wine journey in Spain.
Hailing from and educated in Madrid, she began working with wine in La Mancha and other regions of Spain. Her desire to learn as much as she could about winemaking and working with different terroir, took her to New Zealand and Chile. She finally landed in the Napa Valley, where she’s been making wine for over 10 years.
While most of our wines are farmed, harvested, and processed from the estate, a recent re-planting of one of our largest blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon has called for us to look to alternative fruit sources within Napa Valley. All sites have been hand-selected by Laura to ensure they meet the standards for organically farmed fruit and Ehlers Estate quality.
Among the wines that we produce, our signature is our 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon - a big, bold Napa Cabernet with great balance and silky tannins. This is a long-standing favorite among members, guests, and local wine enthusiasts. The remainder of our production includes a Sauvignon Blanc (our only white wine), Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, J Leducq Cabernet Sauvignon, Portrait (red blend), Petit Verdot, and Sylviane Rosé.
Sommelier Business highly recommends their cabernet sauvignon for placement in the cabernet sauvignon category as the wine scored highest in the 2020 Sommeliers Choice Awards in that category. It won a double gold, best cabernet sauvignon wine of 2020 and 97 points.