A Preview of the 2006 Ehlers Estate One Twenty Over Eighty

IMG_6547 At the Ehlers fall harvest party in St. Helena, Napa this past weekend we were fortunate enough to taste their new wine, ‘One Twenty Over Eighty’.

It was the perfect fall Napa day: lots of sun, light breeze, swirling colors and jubilant winemakers marching out their latest.

While we didn’t get a chance to do a complete tasting (we were caught up in conversation with the new Ehlers winemaker, making new acquaintances with fellow club members and thanking people like Maria and other staff who put on a first class event), we did have an opportunity to enjoy a glass along with the Paella.

Luckily I think Ehlers has it right.

My early taste found an easy drinking wine, with character and plenty of interest through the finish. This is not a standard, off-the-shelf blend. Loni agrees (not an easy thing), saying that the wine was enjoyable and suited the afternoon harvest party perfectly.

We’ll have a full review soon. Apparently club members will be receiving it in their next shipment. We’re looking forward to it!

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  • Loni Kao Stark

    <p>I thought the preview tasting of &quot;One Twenty Over Eighty&quot; at the harvest party revealed it to be a very approachable and smooth wine with light notes of fresh fruit. I was surprised that such a young wine out of the bottle would be so drinkable and delicious, especially paired with the Paella.</p> <p>Unlike the other six wines offered by Ehlers, this wine, exclusive to wine club members is a special blend. In fact, Ehlers Estate had announced the creation of this wine in March of this year. </p> <p>In an email they announced:</p> <p>&quot;Our winemaker, Rudy Zuidema, will craft a special blend every vintage dedicated to the wine club only. Since this is your wine, we decided to let you select the name! You are invited to submit a name of your choice to be the next wine club label. Be creative and unique but make sure the names are of good intent because it will be subject to TTB approval. Once we have received all of the submitted names, we will select one and the winner will be rewarded with a 3.0L of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon signed by all of us at Ehlers Estate.&quot;</p> <p>The name is a play on the blood pressure measurements. 120/80 mmHg of course is the upper boundary for what is categorized as &quot;normal&quot; blood pressure. This ties into Ehlers association with the Leducq Foundation which helps to fund cardiovascular research. </p> <p>I also like the name because it is consistent with their flagship Cab, &quot;1886&quot;.<br /> </p>

  • Loni Kao Stark

    <p>I thought the preview tasting of &quot;One Twenty Over Eighty&quot; at the harvest party revealed it to be a very approachable and smooth wine with light notes of fresh fruit. I was surprised that such a young wine out of the bottle would be so drinkable and delicious, especially paired with the Paella.</p> <p>Unlike the other six wines offered by Ehlers, this wine, exclusive to wine club members is a special blend. In fact, Ehlers Estate had announced the creation of this wine in March of this year. </p> <p>In an email they announced:</p> <p>&quot;Our winemaker, Rudy Zuidema, will craft a special blend every vintage dedicated to the wine club only. Since this is your wine, we decided to let you select the name! You are invited to submit a name of your choice to be the next wine club label. Be creative and unique but make sure the names are of good intent because it will be subject to TTB approval. Once we have received all of the submitted names, we will select one and the winner will be rewarded with a 3.0L of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon signed by all of us at Ehlers Estate.&quot;</p> <p>The name is a play on the blood pressure measurements. 120/80 mmHg of course is the upper boundary for what is categorized as &quot;normal&quot; blood pressure. This ties into Ehlers association with the Leducq Foundation which helps to fund cardiovascular research. </p> <p>I also like the name because it is consistent with their flagship Cab, &quot;1886&quot;.<br /> </p>

  • Clint

    <p>Loni, your comment is longer than my post. But so very insightful.</p>

  • Clint

    <p>Loni, your comment is longer than my post. But so very insightful.</p>

  • Loni Kao Stark

    <p>Someone had to add some substance to your post :-).</p>

  • Loni Kao Stark

    <p>Someone had to add some substance to your post :-).</p>

  • Loni Kao Stark

    I thought the preview tasting of “One Twenty Over Eighty” at the harvest party revealed it to be a very approachable and smooth wine with light notes of fresh fruit. I was surprised that such a young wine out of the bottle would be so drinkable and delicious, especially paired with the Paella.

    Unlike the other six wines offered by Ehlers, this wine, exclusive to wine club members is a special blend. In fact, Ehlers Estate had announced the creation of this wine in March of this year.

    In an email they announced:

    “Our winemaker, Rudy Zuidema, will craft a special blend every vintage dedicated to the wine club only. Since this is your wine, we decided to let you select the name! You are invited to submit a name of your choice to be the next wine club label. Be creative and unique but make sure the names are of good intent because it will be subject to TTB approval. Once we have received all of the submitted names, we will select one and the winner will be rewarded with a 3.0L of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon signed by all of us at Ehlers Estate.”

    The name is a play on the blood pressure measurements. 120/80 mmHg of course is the upper boundary for what is categorized as “normal” blood pressure. This ties into Ehlers association with the Leducq Foundation which helps to fund cardiovascular research.

    I also like the name because it is consistent with their flagship Cab, “1886”.

  • Clint

    Loni, your comment is longer than my post. But so very insightful.

  • Clint

    Loni, your comment is longer than my post. But so very insightful.

  • Clint

    Loni, your comment is longer than my post. But so very insightful.

  • Loni Kao Stark

    Someone had to add some substance to your post :-).

  • Loni Kao Stark

    I thought the preview tasting of “One Twenty Over Eighty” at the harvest party revealed it to be a very approachable and smooth wine with light notes of fresh fruit. I was surprised that such a young wine out of the bottle would be so drinkable and delicious, especially paired with the Paella.

    Unlike the other six wines offered by Ehlers, this wine, exclusive to wine club members is a special blend. In fact, Ehlers Estate had announced the creation of this wine in March of this year.

    In an email they announced:

    “Our winemaker, Rudy Zuidema, will craft a special blend every vintage dedicated to the wine club only. Since this is your wine, we decided to let you select the name! You are invited to submit a name of your choice to be the next wine club label. Be creative and unique but make sure the names are of good intent because it will be subject to TTB approval. Once we have received all of the submitted names, we will select one and the winner will be rewarded with a 3.0L of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon signed by all of us at Ehlers Estate.”

    The name is a play on the blood pressure measurements. 120/80 mmHg of course is the upper boundary for what is categorized as “normal” blood pressure. This ties into Ehlers association with the Leducq Foundation which helps to fund cardiovascular research.

    I also like the name because it is consistent with their flagship Cab, “1886”.

  • Loni Kao Stark

    I thought the preview tasting of “One Twenty Over Eighty” at the harvest party revealed it to be a very approachable and smooth wine with light notes of fresh fruit. I was surprised that such a young wine out of the bottle would be so drinkable and delicious, especially paired with the Paella.

    Unlike the other six wines offered by Ehlers, this wine, exclusive to wine club members is a special blend. In fact, Ehlers Estate had announced the creation of this wine in March of this year.

    In an email they announced:

    “Our winemaker, Rudy Zuidema, will craft a special blend every vintage dedicated to the wine club only. Since this is your wine, we decided to let you select the name! You are invited to submit a name of your choice to be the next wine club label. Be creative and unique but make sure the names are of good intent because it will be subject to TTB approval. Once we have received all of the submitted names, we will select one and the winner will be rewarded with a 3.0L of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon signed by all of us at Ehlers Estate.”

    The name is a play on the blood pressure measurements. 120/80 mmHg of course is the upper boundary for what is categorized as “normal” blood pressure. This ties into Ehlers association with the Leducq Foundation which helps to fund cardiovascular research.

    I also like the name because it is consistent with their flagship Cab, “1886”.

  • Loni Kao Stark

    Someone had to add some substance to your post :-).

  • Loni Kao Stark

    Someone had to add some substance to your post :-).