A gorgeous Cabernet that shows a wonderful, central Napa Valley character. Not as firm as Oakville or as dusty as Rutherford, St. Helena’s reputation is emerging as a softer, lusher and more directly appealing source of Cab. Ehler’s ’05 “1886” bottling is rich and textured, with black and red currant, cherry pie, chocolate, anise, mint and cedar flavors that are as…
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…
Young and tannic, with an enormous burst of new oak-infused cherry and currant flavors, this 100% varietal Cab shows a firm toughness that needs time to resolve. Should soften and mellow by 2010.