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Cliffs Wine Picks – December 2016 Vol 6

 

2008 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Domaine Chandon Brut Classic

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc Kick Ranch

2010 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc St. Helena

 

 

 

2008 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – $28.00

I’ve been on the Rhys mailing list for a few years.  A lot of people knock the wines because they don’t taste great upon release.  Rhys wines require a few years in the cellar to smooth out and open up.  That said, their Alesia wines, which are made from purchased grapes, though also needing some time in the cellar, seem to be ready to drink a couple years earlier.  I grabbed several bottles of this wine when it was offered on their e-mail release.  This is my last bottle and every bottle has been better than the previous bottle…always a good sign.

 

The wine is a nice ruby red color.  The sexy nose has strawberries, raspberries, cola, baking spices, underbrush, minerals, cherries, dried flowers and a slight herbal note.  The wine has medium body with soft tannins and very good acidity.  The very complex palate has layers of fruit, spice, and earthy elements that slowly reveal themselves with each sip, with the nice cleansing acidity evident at all times.  The finish is fairly long and the mouthwatering acidity is ever present.  This is very food friendly and civilized.  There is no excess weight or overly extracted notes evident on the wine.  This is in a very good drinking window and should hold for another year or two.  This has 13.9% alcohol and is sealed with a natural cork.  (92 pts)

2008 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

2008 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

 

 

 

2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley – $25.00

This vintage is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec.  The grapes are sourced from a short list of vineyards the winery considers to be among the best in the state including Ciel du Cheval, Red Heaven, Red Mountain, Weinbau and Shaw vineyards.

 

The wine is a deep ruby red color.  The very appealing nose has cassis, dried herbs, minerals, cedar, baking spices, cherries and a hint of dark bittersweet chocolate.  This has a medium body with moderate tannins and very good acidity.  On the palate rich fruit and spice lead off with minerals and dried herbs coming in on the back end.  The finish has good length with cherries, spice and a touch of dark chocolate lingering nicely.  This is drinking very nicely today and should continue doing so for at least a few more years.  This was a steal for $25.  This has 14.4% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (91 pts)

2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

 

 

 

Domaine Chandon Brut Classic – $15.49

This is a blend of traditional Champagne varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from multiple cool-climate vineyards.

 

The wine is a light golden yellow color with a steady stream of pinpoint sized bubbles.  The slightly shy nose has tart green apples, lemon zest, yeasty bread and a slight saline note.  This has light body with decent acidity and a touch of sweetness.  On the palate apples, lemon zest and a slight nutty element come through quickly.  The finish has decent length with lemon zest acidity and a slight lingering sweetness.  This is drinkable but not the most memorable or complex bottle of sparkling wine you will find.  This has 12.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a standard Champagne stopper.  (87 pts)

Domaine Chandon Brut Classic

Domaine Chandon Brut Classic

 

 

 

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc Kick Ranch – $22.00

This wine is from the Rincon Valley in Sonoma County.  The wine is fermented using native yeasts entirely in barrels, with 5% being new Acacia wood.

 

The wine is a bright straw yellow color.  The open and expressive nose has apples, gooseberry, spice, lemon zest, orange blossoms, minerals, light leafy herbal notes and a hint of roasted nuts.  This has medium body with crisp acidity.  On the palate tart apples, spice, slate minerals and gooseberry jump out on the front end with orange blossoms and a slight herbal note coming in on the back end.  The finish has good length with orange blossoms and tart lemon zest leaving your mouth watering for another sip.  This is drinking wonderfully today and it should hold for another year or two.  This has 14.1% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (92 pts)

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc Kick Ranch

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc Kick Ranch

 

 

 

2010 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc St. Helena – $39.99

This is 100% Cabernet Franc from 100% CCOF certified organic, 100% Demeter Certified Biodynamic estate vineyards.  The wine was aged in 100% French oak, 50% new.  There were 597 cases of wine produced.

 

The wine is a deep maroon color.  The stunning nose has blackberries, cassis, dusty minerals, dried herbs, tobacco, violets, cedar, underbrush and baking spices.  This has medium to full body, moderate to solid tannins and very good acidity.  On the palate fruit, minerals and spices jump out first with a floral note and subtle earthiness coming in later.  The finish has very good length with a touch of cedar and dried leafy herbs joining the nice lingering fruit.  This is on the young side but already showing very well.  I look forward to following the wine’s evolution over the next decade.  This wine has 14.5% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (94 pts)

2010 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc St. Helena

2010 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc St. Helena

 

 

 

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I am a big fan of the “Flash Wine Sale” site Last Bottle.  You probably noticed some of the wines in this post were purchased from the site.  All of these wines were purchased at a big discount.  I highly recommend getting on their e-mail list.  Like most of the flash sale sites, they offer one wine per day until it sells out.  They also have a couple two-day marathons during the year.  Last Bottle is a great site to buy special wines at prices low enough to open any day of the week.

 

If you sign up using this link you will get a $10 credit that can be used on your first purchase.  I will also get a credit if you make a purchase.

 

Other than getting a credit as explained above, I have no financial interest in the site.  After you are on the list, you can also get the same credit by introducing friends to Last Bottle.

 

 

 

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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but always check out the sale and close out items when in a store.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

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Cliffs Wine Picks – Ehlers Estate

 

 

2015 Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc St. Helena

2013 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon “1886”

This is based on winery supplied samples.

 

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Bernard Ehlers bought a small, dying vineyard in the late 1800s.  It was the lure of winemaking that led him on a quest to create a winery that today, still bears his name.  Bernard’s first tasks were to replant his 10 acre vineyard, plant a still existing Olive grove and to build a stone barn to be used in winemaking.  The construction of the stone barn was completed in 1886.  This should answer one of the biggest questions about Ehlers Estate, why is the Cabernet Sauvignon named 1886?

 

The property passed through several hands after Bernard’s wife dies in the 1920s.

 

Eventually Jean and Sylviane Leducq, realizing the potential of the area to produce the wines of style and power to rival Bordeaux, purchased the property.  The husband and wife team slowly increased their vineyards by buying local vineyards as they went up for sale.  The family now owns 42 acres and uses the original owner’s name on their label, Ehlers Estate.

 

Much more information on Ehlers Estate is available on their website by clicking here.

 

 

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A view of the Ehlers Estate vineyard and stone barn (From winery’s website)

 

 

My line-up for this tasting:

Ehlers Estate

Ehlers Estate

 

 

2015 Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc – SRP $28

This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the winery’s estate vineyard.  The vineyard was awarded organic certification from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in July 2008.  The grapes for this wine were harvested on August 19-20.  After fermentation, the wine was aged in stainless steel barrels and neutral, used French barrels until bottling in February 2016.  There were 1170 cases produced.

 

The wine has 13.2% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

The wine is a pale yellow-straw color.  The exhilarating nose has tart apples, grapefruit, lemon zest, lime, crushed stone minerals, orange blossoms and a hint of nuttiness.  This has medium to full body with crisp acidity and just a hint of sweetness.  On the palate full blown citrus and minerals grab hold on the front end with a nice floral note coming in on the back end.  The mouthwatering finish adds a hint of nuttiness while the citrus leads you to take another taste.  This has very nice balance and will add appeal to any meal on the deck or patio on a warm, sunny day.  This is also very easy to sip on its’ own while enjoying some Summer sun.  This wine has 13.2% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (91 pts)

2015 Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc

 

 

2013 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc St. Helena – SRP $60

This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc from the winery’s estate vineyard.  Like the Sauvignon Blanc above and the 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon below, the vineyard is certified organic in 2008.  The grapes for this wine were harvested in late September through early October.  After fermentation, the wine was aged 100% French oak (50% new) from various Coopers.  831 cases of wine were bottled on August 7, 2015.

 

The wine has 14.2% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

This wine is a deep ruby red color.  The very inviting nose has cassis, black cherries, dark chocolate, dried leafy herbs and dusty minerals.  This is medium to full body with moderate to solid tannins and good acidity.  Lush fruit and minerals greet you palate on the front end with dried herbs coming in later.  The finish is long and lingering with dark chocolate entering the picture.  This is rich and lush and full of power, it is easy to enjoy.  (92 pts)

2013 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc St. Helena

2013 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc St. Helena

 

 

2013 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon “1886” – SRP $110

This wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot from the winery’s certified organic estate vineyard.  The grapes for this wine were harvested in late September through early October.  After fermentation, the wine was aged 100% French oak (70% new) from various Coopers.  There were 2733 cases produced and bottled on August 7, 2015.

 

The wine has 14.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork

 

This wine is a deep ruby color.  The intoxicating nose has cassis, raspberries, crushed stone minerals, tobacco, cedar, warm baking spices, dark chocolate and cherries.  This is medium to full body with medium to solid tannins and very good acidity.  On the palate cassis, minerals and dark chocolate grab your attention on the front end with baking spices and cherries coming in later.  The long finish has nice balance between the fruit and savory elements.  This is nice now with some air but give this one a couple years in the cellar to fully develop.  (94 pts)

2013 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon "1886"

2013 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon “1886”

 

 

Conclusion

All three of these wines were very good to outstanding.  Even though the two red wines are already very tasty, showing some patience by laying them down in your cellar will be greatly rewarded.  There is serious upside potential for the reds, especially the “1886” Cabernet.  The Sauvignon Blanc would be a very fitting wine to open with a lighter meal or to serve with a platter of appetizers at a holiday get-together with family or friends.  These wines were samples provided by the winery, but I have purchased these wines in the past, and will purchase again.

 

 

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Here is a link to a YouTube video of me getting “coal” from Santa for being named the “Nicest Person in Social Media” in 2012.

 

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Remember to support your local wine store!

 

 

 

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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but always check out the sale and close out items when in a store.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

Cheers!

Wine of the Week – 2010 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc St. Helena

 

 

Each week I pick out one wine to highlight as my wine of the week.  This wine may be an outstanding wine, a great value or just something very interesting.

 

 

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Overview

I’ve been a big fan of Cabernet Franc based wines for many years.  Unfortunately there just aren’t that many wines out there at decent prices with good availability other than ones from the Loire Valley.  I like a nice Loire Cab Franc, but they at times get a touch too “green” for my tastes.  Usually I have to settle for a blend with some Cab Franc in the mix.

 

This wine is a great exception.  The price exceeds most people’s (including mine) budget for a week night wine, even a week end wine, but a splurge every once in a while is not a bad thing.  There were 577 cases of the wine produced, so it is available, but it could take some work or a Google search to find it.  Luckily for me, I was able to grab a few bottles from a local store when it was on sale.

 

 

The Winery

Ehlers Estate 100% Organic Vineyard and Viticulture Profile

History: The Ehlers Estate vineyard is located on an historic winegrowing site in the northern part of Napa Valley’s acclaimed St. Helena appellation.  Grapes have been cultivated on this coveted site since the mid-1800s.  The vineyard was replanted using a diversity of clone and rootstock selections under the guidance of renowned enologist Jacques Boissenot in 1995.  Today, the Ehlers Estate vineyard, which is the source of exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc, is farmed with strict adherence to organic and biodynamic farming standards.

 

Much more information on the winery, their wines, the people and their commitment to improving our planet is available by clicking here.

 

 

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2010 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc St. Helena – $39.99

The local wine store put this on sale for a killer price a couple weeks ago, so I had to reduce their inventory by a few bottles.  I am a big fan of Cabernet Franc based wines and there are very few with a high enough percentage of the grape to be labeled with the varietal.

 

This wine has 14.5% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  This is 100% Cabernet Franc from 100% CCOF certified organic, 100% Demeter Certified Biodynamic estate vineyards.  The wine was aged in 100% French oak, 50% new.  There were 597 cases of wine produced.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep maroon color.  The stunning nose has blackberries, cassis, dusty minerals, dried herbs, tobacco, violets, cedar, underbrush and baking spices.  This has medium to full body, moderate to solid tannins and very good acidity.  On the palate fruit, minerals and spices jump out first with a floral note and subtle earthiness coming in later.  The finish has very good length with a touch of cedar joining the nice lingering fruit.  This is on the young side but already showing very well.  I look forward to following the wine’s evolution over the next decade.  (94 pts)

2010 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc St. Helena

2010 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc St. Helena

 

 

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Connect with me

You can follow me on Twitter for more wine info, potential food pairings, and an occasional recipe or two.  Be warned, I’m also a sports fan and there are occasional Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates tweets.  I attended the University of South Carolina, so during football season, there will also be some Gamecock posts.

 

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Cheers!

 

 

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***** Shameless Self Promotion *****

 

Here is a link to a YouTube video of me getting “coal” from Santa for being named the “Nicest Person in Social Media” in 2012.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOvQTeGR3-c

 

 

 

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WINES THAT RANG OUR BELL IN MARCH 2014 – Our Favorite Wine Writers Share Their Picks – White wines for spring.

http://www.snooth.com/articles/wines-that-rang-our-bell-in-february-2014-5296/?viewall=1#ixzz2z411esZO

 

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WINES WE’VE LOVED!  Our Favorite Wine Writers Share Their Picks

http://www.snooth.com/articles/wines-we-yve-loved/?viewall=1#ixzz2yOsinkhN

 

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OUR FAVORITE REDS FOR SPRING – The Wine Cognoscenti Recommend

http://www.snooth.com/articles/our-favorite-reds-for-spring/?viewall=1#ixzz2xkH0dfSj

 

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WHAT’S A GREAT GRENACHE? – Our Friendly Wine Experts Share Their Favorites!

http://www.snooth.com/articles/what-ys-a-great-grenache-5209/

 

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SPRING TIME IS FOR PAIRING – Our Favorite Wine Writers Share Their Picks

http://www.snooth.com/articles/spring-time-is-for-pairing/

 

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Balzac Communications & Marketing – News & Views

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN DRINKING – News and Reviews from Around the Blogosphere

http://www.snooth.com/articles/what-we-yve-been-drinking/?viewall=1#ixzz2vy4idw7a

 

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WINES THAT RANG OUR BELL IN FEBRUARY 2014 – Our Favorite Wine Writers Share Their Picks

http://www.snooth.com/articles/wines-that-rang-our-bell-in-february-2014/?viewall=1#ixzz2vy4DCh5L

 

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California Wine Reviews: Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyard

http://www.cravelocal.com/all-favorites/california-wine-reviews-cline-cellars-and-jacuzzi-family-vineyard/

 

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Sample Boutique Wines at Affordable Prices with Tastingroom.com

http://www.cravelocal.com/all-favorites/sample-boutique-wines-at-affordable-prices-with-tastingroom-com/

 

 

 

Remember to support your local wine store!

 

 

 

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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but my local store is usually VERY competitive.  I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

Cheers!

 

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