2012 Montesquieu Nightshadow Blend – Napa Valley, California
We are thrilled to present you a brilliant example of the Napa Valley’s 2012 vintage with the inaugural release of our Montesquieu Nightshadow Red Wine. The warm dry harvest conditions gave us the ideal raw materials to assemble this Meritage inspired blend from our best high elevation parcels throughout the valley – 74% Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Saint Helena Cabernet Franc, and 10% Atlas Peak Merlot from the Stagecoach Vineyard.
Deep glossy crimson in color, the nose delivers endless complexity, beginning with spicy dark berries and new leather followed by notes of graphite, sage, and mushroom as the wine further expresses itself. Dense flavors of juicy blackberry and roasted plum are buttressed by a sweet velvety tannin structure that ensures this bold wine will have many years of grand evolution ahead of it. Lovely today after two hours in the decanter, the wine should cellar beautifully for two decades.