2008 Ehlers Estate "1886" Cabernet Sauvignon

Today is International Cabernet Sauvignon Day.  The “holiday” started four years ago, and it is really just a great excuse to celebrate, and drink, all things cab.  While a day early, last night we popped open one of our special bottles ~ 2008 Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon.

My Dad was a fan of big, bold red wines.  He would say, the bigger, the better.  Ehlers is one I know he would have enjoyed.   Ehlers is a small, family operated winery that makes some big cabs.  The 2008 Ehlers Estate 1886 cab definitely stands up to that reputation.  There’s a lot going on with the nose, with great smells of black cherries, cocoa, and a little cinnamon.  The taste hits you with this little splash of bright fruit upfront and then gives way to the same flavors enjoyed on the nose – black cherry, cocoa, and cinnamon – tossed with a little leather.  Yup, leather.  The finish is bold, yet silky. Totally delicious. 

Of course, a wine like this deserves an equally impressive view (and meal).  We enjoyed our bottle while dining at Mr. A’s in San Diego.  It is arguably one of the the best views in San Diego – especially outside on the patio at sunset.  And of course, steak…. Well, veal chop for Jeff.


Ehlers not only produces great wines, they make a difference.  A portion of their winery proceeds directly support international cardiovascular research (over $30 million awarded). This dedication is represented in their logo – a heart within the E.

A big red wine, and supports a great cause.  What’s not to like about that?  

Posted on August 29, 2013 and filed under Wine Discoveries.