2007 Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley — Different, in a good way (91 pts, $25)

    2007 Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

    OUT OF100
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    VERDICT: "Smashing stuff"
    Napa Valley
    Sauvignon Blanc, 13.8% alc.
    www.ehlersestate.com Review by Clinton Stark

    If you’ve read my past reviews or wine articles, you’ll probably know I loathe the proverbial glass of herbaceous, flower water. That would be most Sauvignon Blancs. Just my humble opinion. But for me, there is just too much flower, especially in low end product. The Chardonnay equivalent would be an overly butter slog. 

    This Ehlers Estate is thankfully not in the aforementioned category. Instead, it plays off stone-based flavors such as citrus and honeysuckle, which suits this taster just fine. Hang on a sec, Loni just gave me a funny look… am I really writing this? Maybe I’ve been Sauvignon Blanc’d.

    That aside, a pleasant surprise: a hint of vanilla. It gave me a slight California Cab sensation as I enjoyed a glass on a cool breezy evening, looking out over the San Jose foothills (while Loni managed to smoke up the kitchen thanks to an oven that needed a cleaning).

    Sometimes it’s easy to forget, what with all the world-class Cabs coming out of Napa and Sonoma, that some equally fine whites top the charts every year as well. In my books this is one of them. I enjoyed every glass over several days. Limited production. Highly recommended!

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