Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 1886 is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot from St. Helena. Scented of red and black plums, earth and spice box with a waft of cedar and toast, the medium to full-bodied mouth shows a good core of energetic fruit, with a firm backbone, grainy tannins and a lively finish. (LPB)
Beautifully crafted and slow to unfold, but does so with wonderful grace and finesse, offering a mix of cherry, dark berry, cedar, anise and crushed rock flavors. Drink now through 2032. (JL)
Touches of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot figure into the mix of this impressive wine, a study in reductive oak and cherry vanilla. Substantial concentration belies an underlying foundation of acidity, that lingers and supports flashes of cinnamon and black cherry.
Winery Notes: "Dark black and scarlet color, rich and complex, this is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet with an underlying earthiness and soft fat tanins woven around a black plum and red fruit melody, and built on a firm acidic framework. Long finish, lingering impressions of cinnamon, coffee, and dark chocolate. A classic Ehlers Estate "1886" that will continue to improve for decades." Founded by Gold Rush merchant Bernard Ehlers in the 1880s (thus the "1886"), Ehlers Estate is now owned by the Leducq Foundation, established by Jean and Sylviane Leducq to support cardiovascular research. The 42-acre estate that surrounds the winery is CCOF certified organic and the Ehlers team practices sustainable and biodynamic viniculture. It's a lesser-known gem of the Napa Valley, and we love their wines, too. *Biodynamic*
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