1989 Profile

Varietals

78% Cabernet Sauvignon
21% Merlot
1% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

Napa Valley

Alcohol

13% by volume

Flavor Profile

Brilliant dark ruby color. Concentrated cherries, cassis, and vanilla with a background of cedar and mint. Upon tasting, the wine exhibits a very full, yet velvety mouth feel with good richness, moderate tannins and a round, full finish with lingering blackberry flavor.

  • From Cellar Collection: Wine and Spirits: "Heady, pure fruit...

    “…aromas award some aeration of this young, tough wine. Very tannic on the palate, but it has obvious breed, with well-integrated oak and plenty of black cherry fruit. Open in three years, though its sure to age beyond.” [92 POINTS]

  • From Wine of the Week: San Francisco Chronicle: "This is a good wine

    “…to start the new year. It’s a rich, warming wine with concentrated fruit, including black cherries, as well as a touch of mint and just a hint of chocolate. Overall, there’s a lively gracefulness that makes the wine just plain fun to drink. The rich velvety finish matches perfectly with wintry dishes like cassoulet or roast lamb. The wine is in limited release, but you can call the winery and they’ll tell you where to find it.”  – Larry Walker

  • From Wines for Great Occassions: Syndicated Newspaper

    Article entitled “California’s reds great for special occasions” in which Bill Clifford discusses great proprietary Cabernet blends and specifically conducted his own “vertical tasting” of every other vintage of Profile — 1988 through 1996 — “the wine I decided to examine and consider in the ongoing race for the summit”. He concludes “How often do we drink bottles like these? Not every day, even if we can afford them. They are wines for great occasions, for celebrations, wines to inspire memories that will last a life time… better to drink everyday wines everyday. Then we can enjoy the occasional great Profile all the more.” – William Clifford