Pronounced “new-ee dawn-fair,” the name Nuits d’Enfer implies a night of passion and no-rules possibilities. The 2019 NdE earns its moniker and black-label Reserve status as an untamed, Bordeaux Right Bank-style blend that pairs brooding Cabernet Franc to pedigreed Merlot.
The 2019 Nuits d’Enfer is bursting with rich, red fruit aromas and flavors: full, ripe cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and bright cranberry. On the palate, baking spice flavors combine with a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is dense, full of pepper and herbs; the finish is long with smooth tannins. The bright acidity lends well to food-pairing and would be delicious served alongside a seared rib-eye steak with herb butter. Only 73 cases were produced.
Appellation: Santa Clara Valley
Vineyard: Church Creek & Fitzgerald
Winemaker: Tim Slater
Cooperage: French Oak, 50% New, 18 months