Here at Montesquieu we are huge Cabernet fans and we celebrate the grape in all its many forms. When it soaks up the sun and heat we love its luscious deeply fruited flavors and velvety opulent texture. We are in awe of its bold structure and aging potential when it’s planted in a rocky mountainous terrain. And when it finds a home in a dry, late harvesting site we are amazed by its capacity for elegance and complexity. This is what makes the exploration of wine so enjoyable and it’s why we dug deep into our cellars to release this trio of Cabernets as a collection. Each wine stands beautifully on its own but together they showcase everything there is to admire about Cabernet.
Our 2014 Equinox Napa Cabernet comes from the western foothills of the valley that creep up the Mayacamas Mountains. This is our sixth vintage of Equinox, first produced in 2001, and our homage to deeply structured ageworthy Cabernet. After several hours of aeration the nose offers wild blackberry, cassis and roasted coffee. The palate is decadent with black cherry and plum jam flavors, leading to a firmly tannic finish and nuances of black cherry, spice, and mint. This is destined to evolve beautifully for many years to come.
The 2014 Doherty from Washington’s Columbia Valley is a classic expression of 100% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple in color, the nose is immediately expressive with boysenberry and cassis, followed by hints of bay leaf and white pepper. The palate is rich and savory with spicy plum and licorice flavors, all leading to a refined finish with complexities of damp earth, black olive, and fresh herbs. A refined, beautifully framed wine with endless food pairing options.
The collection’s final wine is the 2014 Merrick, a massive 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Kletter Vineyard in the heart of Saint Helena. This late harvesting parcel of eternal sunshine delivers a hedonistic expression of Cab. Glossy purple in color, the exotic nose of wild blueberries and violets leads to a rich, layered palate full of blackberry jam, melted licorice, and fig. Despite all its decadence, the Merrick finishes with a smooth polished tannin and soft flavors of spiced fruitcake and dark chocolate.