1991 Profile

Varietals

96% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Merlot
2% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

Napa Valley

Alcohol

13.5% by volume

Flavor Profile

Rich dark ruby color. Very deep concentrated aromas of blackberry and jammy black currant—with airing, lots of complexing nuances begin to develop, such as coffee, cedar, vanilla, chocolate, green olive along with hints of earth. On entry the wine is very soft yet very full with excellent concentration balanced with supple elegant tannins. Flavors of cherry, cedar, coffee and vanilla. The finish is long, rich and pleasurable.

  • From The Wine Spectator:" Smooth and polished...

    “… up front, with supple currant, coffee, mineral and spice flavors before the substantial tannins kick in. Finishes with a hint of mint and drying tannins. Best in 1998”. – James Laube [90 POINTS]

  • From International Wine Cellar: "Excellent deep color...

    “… Sexy aromas of smoky, sappy black raspberry and a hint of bay leaf. Sweet, dense, and strong in extract; this wine has the middle-palate richness and ripeness to support its tannins.”  – Stephen Tanzer [91 POINTS]

  • From The Wine Advocate: "The 1991 Profile offers...

    “…an exceptional glass of wine. The opaque dark/ruby/purple color and subtle, minty, toast, and mineral-scented nose are followed by a full-bodied wine with great definition, outstanding ripeness and richness, and a European sense of elegance and grace. The ripe tannin and new oak are well-integrated. Approachable now, this wine promises to evolve and improve for at least a decade. It will keep for 15-20 years.” – Robert Parker, Jr. [92 POINTS]

  • From American Wine Review

    Dr. John J. Baxevanis [93+ POINTS]

  • 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