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Ehlers Estate 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Our Selection for Wine of the Week June 14, 2010

Ehlers Estate 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, our Wine of the Week review

Bright and Fruity
Ehlers Estate
2008 Sauvignon Blanc


Ehlers is one of California's most unique estates. It is a biodynamic, not-for-profit, Napa Valley winery. All of its profits go to the Leducq Foundation for cardiovascular research. In addition to exhibiting this impressive social conscience, Ehlers is also one of Napa's most environmentally conscious operations, growing and producing their estate wines with totally organic practices. The winery is known for its boutique Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc offers distinct, varietal characteristics including melon, grapefruit, lemongrass and pears on both the nose and palate. At 14.3 percent alcohol, it has the perception of a pretty big, full body but from that alcohol it also offers a faint, alcoholic sting. Although we tend to prefer a summery Sauvignon Blanc with a little bit less alcohol, we appreciate the wine's bright acidity and pretty, fruit notes. Serve it poolside with chilled honeydew and watermelon slices or pack it as part of a classic picnic. With its elegance and refinement, it would also work well with a more formal meal of poached white fish, chicken with grilled peaches or an herb-crusted loin of pork.

Rating: 13.5/20

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