cab1886A rare and special event! Ehlers, unlike most wine clubs, only ships once per year (March 1). Yesterday we received our shipment as I expect many of you lovers of great Napa cabs will be as well.

A couple of interesting observations.

The first is the inclusion of a new blend called One Twenty Over Eighty that we had tasted last year at the harvest party. We look forward to this one, and look for a future review.

If you are a fan of bottle aesthetics then you’ll be happy to know they’ve included a 2006 “1886” in this shipment — the Ehlers flagship — complete with that unique etching and bottle design. 

The included winemaker’s notes are printed on colorful, two-sided cardboard squares which we like. 

I have high expectations for this Ehlers lot having enjoyed their wines tremendously in the past. A boutique winery with small production, I consider them a bit of a find, still unknown to larger numbers yet.

The final count: 5 red, 1 white. Here’s the breakdown:

  • 2006 Cabernet Franc ($45)
  • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($45)
  • 2006 Ehlers Estate One Twenty Over Eighty ($45)
  • 2006 Merlot N.V. ($45)
  • 2006 N.V. Cabernet Sauvignon “1886” ($95)
  • 2008 Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc ($25)
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