Once again, we feature a spectacular selection from the Ehlers Family with over 100 years of history in crafting amazing wine. The founder, Herman Ehlers, built the family winery in Lodi but wasn't restricted by using only grapes from that area. He traveled extensively throughout California, visiting sites that were growing grapes and sites that seem suitable.
He knew some excellent wines were being made in a place called Napa Valley, so he headed out to see, and taste, for himself. And indeed, they were quite good. A chance meeting with a vineyard owner alerted him to an area just over the mountain to the West called Alexander Valley, which happened to be in Sonoma. So, Herman headed there.
What he found was equally good wines, but not well known. That suited him just fine, as it has his grandson, Steven. Steven shares his grandfather's curiosity and sense of adventure as he also has experimented with grapes from all over California. This gem comes from that "hidden" area called Alexander Valley, which, of course, is hidden no longer.
Grapes were first planted here in the late 1800s and have continued to flourish ever since. Cabernet Sauvignon has always done exceptionally well, and this entry is liquid proof. Large and lovely flavors of plum and black currants mix with dark chocolate and spice to build a robust offering. Beef tenderloin with cracked green peppercorn in a Cognac sauce will enhance the flavors nicely.