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The 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised of a small barrel selection of the finest fruit from our vineyard. Deep and brooding, the 2018 Estate will have a long life, evolving over time.
As the foundation of the Ellman line-up with an intense garnet hue, it overdelivers with notes of cassis, cigar box and Chinese Five Spice—replete with hints of fennel, whole black peppercorns, star anise, cloves and cinnamon. Walking the tightrope of finesse with extreme power, the palate gives way to generous flavors of blackberry, cassis, cola and nuanced notes of musk, porcini and hibiscus, which interplay with the stately framework. This is a wine that commands respect, and will continue to reveal itself overtime.
Focusing solely on the Ellman Estate vineyard, the perennial elegance of Jemma reigns supreme in the 2018 vintage. With a deep ruby hue, the 2018 Jemma gives way to a commingling of sweet and savory notes. Copious aromatics of freshly picked violets, cassis and black cherries emanate from the glass, with a soupçon of espresso, sassafras and dry-aged salumi. Effusive on the palate, it has a lush profile of a myriad of bramble fruits, like a billowing whiff from jostling a crate of blackberries, coupled with hints of cardamom, allspice and cacao. Muscular and weighty, the dark fruit character is precisely framed with focused yet velvety tannins and an enduring, lengthy finish. Aptly paired with a classic Beef Wellington or maitakes on the grill
The 2019 Brother’s Blend is the perfect introduction to the Ellman Family Vineyards line-up. With the core blend from the Estate vineyard coupled with a neighboring Coombsville site, the 2019 is approachable, and then some. Offering up a deep ruby cast and intense aromatics from dark fruits like blackberries and currants to baking spice—think cinnamon, vanilla and clove!— and a hint of woodsy, herbals notes like thyme, fresh earth and cigar box. Generous on the palate, complexity abounds with lush red and black fruits, from dark, sweet cherries to bramble fruits and a slew of plum varieties, giving way to notes of pie crust, cacao, as well as hints of roses and violets. With a creamy texture and juicy nature, it packs excellent density without a rough edge in sight. With mouth-coating tannins giving way to a fresh finish, it pairs harmoniously with your favorites on the grill— be they of an herbivore’s or an omnivore’s delights— and will have you dreaming of a braai any day of the week
The 2016 Serenity Way has an expressive nose of rose hips, red cedar, anise and Bergamot. On the palate there are red and black fruits like red currant and black plum skin. There are also savory tobacco notes. The finish is long and clean. It reminiscent of the brilliant 2009 Serenity Way. Vintage after vintage Serenity Way displays elegance, power, and balance. The wine, like all Flanagan wines, is built on great fruit, restraint in wine making, balance, and ageability. If you think that Sonoma County can’t produce Cabernet to rival to Napa then you need to think again. The best mountain sites in Sonoma are producing wines that marry the elegance and nuance of Bordeaux with the consistent ripeness achievable in the North Coast.
The spring of 2018 was an exceptionally wet one with 20 days of rain in just the month of May. This helped limit fruit set and meant that the 2018 crop was much smaller than the massive 2017 Harvest.
After the very rainy spring things settled down, and the rest of the growing season was ideal. The lack of late season rains or heat spikes meant that we were able to harvest without any drama. The fruit quality in 2018 was excellent.
The 2018 Flanagan Cabernet has a savory nose of leather, pencil shavings, essence of black plum, and coffee. The palate has black plum skin, rhubarb, cocoa nibs, and cinnamon. As always the wine has a surprising amount of tannin structure for New World Cabernet. All of the Cabernet comes from hillside vineyards and the small berries produced from the steep, volcanic sites give the wine great color and concentration.
Our 2019 Bacigalupi Chardonnay has a nose of Citrus flowers and Tahitian Vanilla. The palate opens with bright Lemon zest, a fresh acidity, and a nicely integrated barrel note with a hint of spice. We believe in letting each site express itself. That means that each of our wines has a barrel program and wine chemistry unique to that vineyard site in a given vintage.
The Flanagan Merlot Bennett Valley has compelling aromatic notes of Bay Leaf, Pepper, Cedar, and Saffron. The palate has Red Currant, Black Cherry, Bergomot, and Black Tea with a very elegant tannin structure. The acidity provides great balance. The small berries produced from the steep, volcanic hillside site give the wine great color and concentration
The nose shows notes of Rangpur lime, jasmine, and a hint of vanilla. On the palate, the wine has Bosc pear and toasted almond. The wine has bright acidity and an elegant minerality. The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels, using Atelier Centre France and Boutes cooperage for 11 months with 50% new barrels.
This is a stunning example of an AVA wine made from the top vineyards in Sonoma County.
The nose shows notes of lemon blossom, jasmine, and wet slate. On the palate the wine has Meyer lemon, and white peach. The wine has a very fresh acidity and an elegant minerality. This is a great Chardonnay, made in a balanced fashion, from the top vineyards in Sonoma County.
This wine consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Petite Verdot blend. The dense, powerful fruit of the Cabernet is seamlessly balanced with the spice and earth tones from the Malbec and Petite Verdot, which is held together by the roundness of the Merlot. Aromas: blackberry, wildberry, tea, cinnamon and mocha Flavors: brambly huckleberry, black currant, blueberry, graphite, and vanilla. Pairing Suggestions: New York Strip loin and roasted rack of lamb with rosemary pair especially well with this wine.