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Ben on Wine: A time to reconnect

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Bennet Bodenstein

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Ben on Wine: A time to reconnect

By Bennet Bodenstein

Jun 3, 2020

11 hrs ago

2 min to read

Bennet Bodenstein

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While confined to my home, I had a chance to reacquaint myself with some wines that I enjoyed in the past but have not covered in print in a long while.

I will rectify that situation by introducing the reader to the wines of Ehlers Estate of the Napa Valley.

The fact that Ehlers Estate is located in the Napa Valley assures us that the grapes used to make their wine com from some of the finest vineyards in the world.

Ehlers Estate 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($65 ). This offering from Ehlers Estate is without question a modern California Cabernet Sauvignon that displays a bright ruby color, with intense dark cherry, cedar, vanilla and cinnamon aromas. Plum, boysenberry, cranberry and cherry flavors blend with an earthy, mineral element. The wine ends in a velvety soft finish that is incredibly fruity, soft and of long duration. I found this to be an excellent wine that can accompany a broad spectrum of meat dishes and should not be relegated solely to be served with the heavy red meats but can easily accompany the spicy Thai or Mexican foods.

Ehlers Estate 2017 Cabernet Franc ($65). Cabernet Franc, which is often used to soften Cabernet Sauvignon wines, is not often presented as a separate varietal. Cabernet Franc is a red wine that is very similar to the Cabernet Sauvignon in almost every respect except it is just a bit softer and exhibits a bit more of the cherry flavors and aromas. This Cabernet Franc proves that it too can be a winner. A deep garnet color introduces a wine of amazing depth, flavor, warmth and finesse, which opens with a pronounced pomegranate and licorice aroma with raspberries, summer red berries, and black pepper following close behind along with notes of coffee and cocoa. The flavor presents a pleasant earthy mineral component and a background of hickory followed by an under flavor of nutmeg. This is a wine that is ready to enjoy right now and needs no further aging.

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