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2012 Ehlers Estate Merlot "St. Helena"

Winery: Ehlers Estate

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "St. Helena"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 92% Merlot & 8% Cabernet Franc

Region: St. Helena

State or country: CA

Price: $60

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 91.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: August 16, 2015

Wine Review: This hazy bright ruby colored Merlot from Ehler’s was very well received by the panel. It opens with a fragrant black cherry and red currant bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty black plum and cherry-cola blend with notes of constrained gentle oak, mild red raspberry and black pepper. We also detected hints of blueberry and minerality. It’s pretty complex. The finish is dry and its moderate oak tannins are sticky and linger. The panel suggested pairing this very nice Merlot with a grilled veal chop or a filet mignon. Enjoy - KWGTP.

Winemaker Notes: Another luscious, full, and rich Merlot that illustrates the full potential of the Ehlers terroir. A complex presentation of licorice, black raspberries, red currants, cappuccino, and chocolate cherries. The tannins are at once fine and chewy, and the bold, juicy structure of this wine is what has always made the Ehlers Merlot "a Merlot for Cabernet drinkers."

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Ehler's Estate 2012 Merlot.

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