In My Glass: 2011 Ehlers Estate St. Helena Sylviane Rosé of Cabernet Franc

As someone who has spent the majority of her career working in the non-profit world, I certainly appreciate companies like Ehlers Estate, which have a purpose beyond making a profit. Ehlers Estate is one of the few wineries, and perhaps the only, to give away all of their profits.  When TJ at The Urban Grape told me the winery’s story, about their commitment to philanthropy – namely cardiovascular research funded through their Leducq Foundation – and how all of their estate wines are organic and biodynamic, I was more than eager to try their wines.

The estate is located in Napa’s St. Helena appellation and the grapes for this 100% Cabernet Franc rosé are grown right in front of the winery. If I had not known that this was a California wine, I would have thought it was a Chinon. Delicate, but not lacking in character, a flinty minerality, and light herbaceous note give it the markings of one of the lovely wines of the Loire Valley. Fruity aromas of strawberry, cherry, and watermelon make this wine immediately appealing, and the dry, moderately acidic palate lingers. Perfect with or without food.

Philanthropy, commitment to the environment, and a great wine: now those are some reasons to raise a glass and make a toast!

A bit about Ehlers Estate from their website:

Ehlers Estate represents the unique fusion of an outstanding winegrowing estate, environmental consciousness and international philanthropy. The historic and diverse Napa Valley vineyard of Ehlers Estate is certified organic, and is cultivated using biodynamic farming techniques to produce a small portfolio of exceptional estate-grown wines. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of these wines go to support the Leducq Foundation, a highly regarded, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to funding international cardiovascular research.

At The Urban Grape for $32.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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