1992 Profile

Varietals

59% Cabernet Sauvignon
40% Merlot
1% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

Napa Valley

Alcohol

13.5% by volume

Flavor Profile

Rich dark ruby color. High notes of spices such as clove and vanilla. Aromas of blackberry, black currant and cassis. With air many layers of chocolate and coffee, a jammy ripe fruit character and hints of white truffle. The entry is soft and silky, yet full and round. The middle palate is silky, round and fleshy showing concentrated fruit qualities. The finish is very long with many layers.

  • From The Wine Authority: "Firm and tight...

    “…with mild herb and spice notes. Plenty of weighty tannins that make this worthy of additional bottle age. Still fairly narrow with cedar and currant qualities that may take 5-7 years to develop”. – Bob Cranston [87-91 POINTS]

  • From American Wine on the Web:

    “Scott’s Hot Shots” Twenty California wineries had entries in our latest Scott’s blind tasting. Three bottles, a white and two read stood out from the pack. All three received EXCELLENT ratings… Merryvale Vineyards 1992 Profile: The third winner offered a blend of Bordeaux varietals, about 60% Cab, 40% Merlot. Thus, you get the best of both grapes, Cab backbone and Merlot softness…from the outstanding 1992 vintage. Serve with prime rib followed by your favorite chocolate dessert.”  – Fred McMillin

  • From The Quarterly Review of Wines: "A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon...

    “… Cabernet Franc and merlot. Almost black in color; somewhat brooding nose of commingled olives, mint and smoky black cherry; big, rich, succulent flavors of nutty oak and ripe blackberry-like fruit; excellent concentration, long, elegant finish—complete in all its parts.”  – Randy Sheahan

  • From San Francisco Examiner Magazine: " For example of California...

    “… red wine blending at its best, try the Merryvale 1992 Napa Valley Profile. It’s made from 59 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 percent Merlot and 1 percent Cabernet Franc. This many-layered wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks for 21-28 days, given 20 months in French oak barrels and was neither fined nor filtered. The result is enjoyable now and should be even better stored at 58 degrees for 5-10 years. Released in June.”  – Jim Wood

  • From Wines for Great Occasions:Syndicated Newspaper: " If a Medoc-like tannic...

    “…edge is any indication, the only one of these vintages fully evolved is probably the 1992. Note that here the austerity of pure Cabernet Sauvignon began to be tempered by the other grapes.”  – William Clifford