Ehlers Estate

It was the lure of winemaking that tempted Bernard Ehlers to buy a small, dying vineyard in the late 1800s and embark on a quest to create the winery that continues to bear his name. He replanted his newly-acquired 10-acre vineyard, established the olive grove that still thrives today and in 1886 completed construction of the stone barn that is now the estate's beautiful winery building and tasting room.

A century late, another husband and wife team discovered the same lure of this idyllic spot in the heart of Napa Valley. By the turn of the century they had created the 42-acre estate that's farmed today, with Bernard Ehlers' original stone barn and vineyard at its heart and the Ehlers name poised to grace wine labels. Developing the winery had become a passion project for couple Jean and Sylviane, one they shared long after the sale of their other successful businesses in Europe. Their legacy remains in safe hands today under the leadership of current winemaker, Kevin Morrisey, who was favored by Sylviane because he shares the same passion for creating sophisticated wines with an old-world charm that captures the character and heritage of their land. The winemaking team strives to be responsible stewards of the land and continue the legacy of Bernard and Anne Ehlers and Jean and Sylviane Leducq, who saw the potential that can be tasted in every bottle of Ehlers Estate wine today.

Ehlers Estate continues a proud tradition of farming with experienced vineyard and cellar teams that share a non-interventionist winemaking philosophy firmly rooted in the belief that terroir defines a wine, but passion, patience and hard work are needed to ensure that it is fully expressed in the bottle. The organic vineyard practices leave a minimal footprint on the land and give the grapes maximum flavor. Taking advantage of the robust Estate ecosystem and carefully-chosen rootstocks, their vineyard crew coaxes the vines to fully express the numerous soil types and microclimates found on the estate. Once the grapes are harvested, the cellar crew knows when to be hands on and when to let nature take its course as the wines ferment, develop and age.

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Ehlers Estate '1886' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "A masterclass in biodynamic Napa Valley Cabernet, this is a wine that will continue to improve for 20 years or more. The 2013 vintage is no joke, folks. You will not regret stockpiling wines like this one. Parker says "This is a brilliant example of Cabernet Sauvignon showing deep
Item Number: 21539

Ehlers Estate '1886' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 1886 recognizes the founding date of Ehlers Estate. While this cuvĂ©e may not be as sexy as the Merlot, it exhibits lush blackcurrant fruit, good purity, ripeness, suppleness and seductiveness, and should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 12+

Ehlers Estate '1886' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91" Awash in juicy currant and black cherry fruit, it has a sophisticated back-layering of cedar and maple that adds complexity. Integrated tannins are soft enough to make the wine enjoyable now, yet sturdy enough to cellar for many years. "

Ehlers Estate '1886' Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 1886 is composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. This brilliant, rich Cabernet boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as admirable ripeness, a touch of toasty oak, and copious blueberry, black currant,

Ehlers Estate OneTwenty Over Eighty 2010
" A voluptuous, full-bodied, heavyweight Cabernet Sauvignon from the loamy benchland soils of our north St. Helena estate vineyard. The wine is layered with blackberry, black plums, dark chocolate, tobacco, and sumac, and wrapped seamlessly in velvety tannins that create a structure and balance that