Ehlers Estate

Allora Vineyards

St. Helena Cabernet Franc 2012

Shay A

One of the bottles we brought back from our annual Napa trip last month. We try to visit 1-2 small/off the radar wineries during our visit, and this was a recommended stop by one of the wineries we were visiting.

Off the beaten path outside of St Helena, behind Ehlers. Alycia Mondavi makes the wines for this very small family operation. All winemaking takes place at the family home on a beautiful secluded property. Luckily for me, they are known for their cab franc. They allowed some library purchases, and this was one of them. The main note that sticks out is raspberry fig. Aromatics are very floral, but lean more red fruit as opposed to purple. Elegant red fruit like raspberries wrapped in cocoa with fig and baking spices. This 2012 was in a really nice spot as it wasn’t overly tannic, yet the finish is still sporting a touch of alcohol (14.4). It borders on integrated, which to me means this is just now entering prime drinking. Floral + raspberry fig and plenty of spiced rhubarb give this cab franc a richness without sacrificing structure.
— 6 days ago

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Awesome note @Shay A - this was tried at the winery while there or did you purchase and bring home - thanks
Shay A

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@Mike R : We tried the 2015 while there, and ended up buying some 2010, 2012 and 2014 to bring home. This was one of the 2012s we brought back and opened.

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