2018 Bella's Cabernet Sauvignon




15.5% Alc. by Vol. • 750ml • 2018 • Merlot
roduction | 169 cases


The 2018 Merlot unleashes an abundance of dense fruit flavors on the palate. Waves of Santa Rosa plum, black raspberry and red cherry, integrated with light olive notes, open up to layers of hot cocoa infused with vanilla. The rich aromatics upfront, lead to a similarly rich savory mouth feel supported by a well-proportioned structure of lithe tannins. In the end, it’s the copious layering of fruit notes that are the hallmark of this bottling.

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Tasting notes

  • Santa Rosa plum, black raspberry and red cherry
  • Light olive notes
  • Layers of hot cocoa infused with vanilla
  • Rich savory mouth feel supported by a well-proportioned structure of lithe tannins
  • Copious layering of fruit notes that are the hallmark of this bottling

Pairs with

Our 2018 Merlot is a beautifully crafted wine that is sure to impress. With its medium body and soft tannins, it has a smooth, approachable profile and features delicious fruit flavors of black cherry, plum, and red currant. This wine has a balanced acidity and a pleasant finish, making it an excellent choice for a variety of occasions. When it comes to pairing, this Merlot is a versatile wine that complements a wide range of dishes. Try it with grilled chicken or salmon, pasta with light sauces, soft cheeses like brie or camembert, and fruit-based desserts for a harmonious pairing.


Serving facts

BLEND | 86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon
pH | 3.72
ta | 0.56
aging | 18 months, 22% new French Oak barrels
production | 169 cases
ALCOHOL | 15.5% by volume

The Ehret family

Our family estate, Bavarian Lion Vineyards, is located in Knights Valley, Northern Sonoma County.

We have been farming top quality Bordeaux varietals since 1996, selling much of our fruit to prestigious wineries in the Napa Valley. In 2005, we decided to reserve our highest quality grapes for our own brand, Ehret. While we sell many of our grapes to prestigious producers, we reserve specific blocks that go into our own brand.


Our winemaker, Erin Green understands that great wines begin in the vineyard. She is actively involved in viticultural aspects, working with Alex and Ben to create balance in the vines and enabling optimum ripeness in the grapes.

At harvest time she looks for mature skins and seeds with concentrated flavors. During harvest grapes are cold soaked to extract flavors before fermentation. Our fermentation regime is adapted by block to optimize flavors and create balance. The wines are aged in high quality French Oak barrels and blended to Erin’s liking.


Erin Green, winemaker, at EHREN Family Wines

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Customer reviews

“Merlot is back! This wine is spectacular. Ultimately approachable yet nuanced with dark fruit and light vanilla notes on the nose that extend through the mid-palate. Balanced acidity, integrated tannins and savory blackberry and cacao finish develop nicely with each sip.”

Sue Anderson

“Ruby-black in color with a bright medium-to-full body. Flavors of currants and blackberries, subtle notes of oak, and an aroma that can transport the taster back to Calistoga and Healdsburg each time the first drop is poured. It’s delectability may make one eager to finish a glass quickly—but patience is rewarded, as the wine’s complexity reveals itself over time. A must-have for any special occasion or holiday dinner, especially one that includes beef, venison, or berry pies.”

Steve Crandall

“A lip smacking Merlot with lush fruit and an unmistakable note of dark chocolat that will stand up to any protein from the grill.”


Drew Tomassini

“The best merlot we’ve ever had. Truly a gem. Year in and year out. If you’re on the fence, get off, have a glass, and enjoy. Honestly it’s probably the best wine we’ve discovered in Napa.”

William Oakland


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