Believe it or not, in St Helena in the heart of Napa Valley, is a small winery that donates all of its profits to charity. Ehlers Estate, which has existed in one form or another since 1886, is now owned by the Leducq Foundation. The Leducq Foundation was established by the winery owners to promote cardiovascular research. You’ll notice that the logo includes a heart within the “E”.
2005 Ehlers Estate “1886” Cabernet Sauvignon, ~$95
On the palate, there are those black cherries again, as well as plums, dates, and even figs. It’s a rich wine, and would go great with a big, juicy steak. The wine had a small amount of tannins and a nice long finish.
I think it was still just a bit young. We ran it through a Vinturi aerator for the second glass. It actually brought out more tannins in the wine. Keep in mind that this is a 14.7% AbV wine, so if you hold onto it for a few years, it’s going to age nicely.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
This wine was sent to me as a sample from Ehlers Estate. It is close to my own heart because of the undiagnosed heart defect to which we lost my younger sister.
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