2012 Ehlers Estate St. Helena Merlot
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The dark ruby/plum/purple-colored 2012 Merlot possesses sweet black cherry and plum fruit, medium to full body, a lush texture, and impressive purity, length and overall personality. It is difficult to understand why Merlot still receives so much criticism given wines such as this. Enjoy this beauty over the next 7-8 years.
This is a rich, inviting wine with characteristics of dried cranberry and red currant, replete with dusty, spicy tannins and spicy, spiked vanilla. Lush, the tannins are soft and supple, a tad smoky, and the secondary elements darker in smoke, black licorice and espresso. Burly, it’s balanced and refined.
Solidly fruited, nicely oaked and showing good concentration in both its ripe-cherry aromas and moderately deep, well-defined, young Merlot flavors, this balanced, medium-full-bodied working inclines to suppleness at first then takes a turn to just enough tannic toughness to warn off early drinking. Its continuous fruit ensures successful keeping, and three or four years should bring it to its best.
A solid Merlot, balanced and focused, with notes of red currant, tomato leaf and cedar. Drink now through 2020. 1,264 cases made. (Web Only - 2015)
Producer Note: "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. 2012 was a great vintage in the Napa Valley. Early spring rains gave us just the water we needed to get the vines growing, then the warm weather set in right on cue. All summer long we enjoyed warm days and cool nights that were so beautiful it was almost too good to be true! Every grape on the estate was picked at optimum ripeness." Farming: 100% CCOF Certified Organic Oak Regime: 100% French Oak, 50% New Primary Coopers: Nadalie, St. Martin, Baron, Demptos, De Jarnac