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The Ellman Family Vision
ELLMAN is a family legacy project. We aspire to see future generations continue to steward this remarkable property in Napa Valley. Creating our own space in history within this iconic region is our calling, and sharing these wines with you is our passion. When we made the decision to explore winemaking in 2007, we set out to learn all we could about the process of crafting premier wines and viticulture. Our goal was to create and share fine wines that honor our family name. Today, our wines come from our Estate Vineyard. Our home.
WINEMAKING & VITICULTURE
As winemaker for Ellman, Andy Erickson shares our value of family and friendship. His body of work is revered and stands alone in the Napa Valley and across the globe. With his collaborative team by his side including Jessica Tarpy and Patrick Nyeholt, Andy's rich understanding of the land and his thoughtful approach in the cellar, gives the ELLMAN wines and estate the opportunity to grow into the multi-generational family endeavor we dreamed of.
Arguably one of the most intriguing styles of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc--fresh, textured, rich yet crisp. The vibrancy of our Caryn Renae Sauvignon Blanc will leave you instantly craving another taste.
Year after year, the Brothers Blend Proprietary Red is our opportunity to express the most creative freedom. A true blank canvas every vintage. As the rest of our portfolio is varietal specific, this wine changes based on the fruit and vineyards from which it is blended.
Our Jemma Cabernet Sauvignon has a special place in our line up as it is our flagship wine. Sourced from the heart of our 30+ year old Estate vineyard, it undeniably represents the quality of this famed region. As a true pure varietal expression, it is a quintessential Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our Estate bottling truly embodies the structure and finesse that the vines planted in our volcanic ash soils can produce. This wine will continue to impress and appreciate for decades to come. A wine worthy to carry the Ellman Estate name.
Dedicated to the matriarch of the Ellman family, Elaine. We took the absolute best quality fruit from our vineyard in the 2018 vintage, two barrels, one for each brother, blended together to dedicate to our mother.
Accolades & Press
2017 & 2018 NAPA IN DEPTH
“The Ellman's work with an all-star team headed by Vineyard Manager Mike Wolf and Winemaker Andy Erickson. The Red Blend & Cabernet Sauvignon Jemma are made mostly from the Estate vineyard, with some outside fruit, while the Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is made from the family's vineyard in Soda Canyon. The wines are bold and lush, as they often are in this part of the Napa Valley. Ellman is going to be a fascinating winery to follow in the coming years.”
“The flagship 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon The Estate is a terrific value even at its $175 price point. Loaded with notions of ripe black fruits, lead pencil shavings, graphite and incense, it hits the palate with a full-bodied richness, building tannins, terrific balance, and a great, great finish. It shows the more reserved, focused style of the vintage and is going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for 20.”
“One of my favorite aspects of grape growing and winemaking is how the vines and wines mark time, year to year, season to season. I recently opened a bottle of the 2017 Jemma, and it was immediate gratification. I think it is the most forward and accessible straight out of the bottle.”