65% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Cabernet Franc
13.8% by volume
Rich dark ruby color. Showing good concentration of ripe fruit this wine has explosive aromas of sweet vanilla, anise, blackberry and cassis. Very full yet soft entry with an exhibition of power following through to a very rich and broad mid-palate. Again ripe fruit flavors are the dominant theme. This wine will give pleasure now and for many, many years into the future. The finish is both seamless and seemingly endless.
- Vineyard Notes
Schlatter Family Estate
- From International Wine Cellar: "Very good deep color...
“… Pungent, expressive nose melds black cherry, cassis, violets, and a note of tar. Sweet and dense, with lovely flesh for the year; much deeper and richer than the ’93 merlot. Finishes with dusty tannins. An overachiever for the vintage.” – Stephen Tanzer [90 POINTS]
- From The Wine Advocate: " The 1993 Profile...
“…(approximately 30% Merlot in the blend) reveals high quality, toasty, vanillin-scented, new French oak intertwined with blackcurrant fruit aromas. The wine is rich and full-bodied, with excellent definition, and a powerful, chewy finish. The tannin is present, but it is riper and better integrated than in the 1992. This wine will be accessible young, but capable of lasting for 15 years.” – Robert Parker, Jr. [90 POINTS]
- From WineToday.com: "Full-bodied and appealingly...
“… earthy, it opens like silk then turns into a powerhouse of deep flavors. Great aging potential. Limited availability.” – Tim Fish and Leslie Sbrocco
- From Santa Rosa Press Democrat: "Full-bodied and appealingly..
“… earthy, it opens like silk then turns into a powerhouse of deep flavors. Great aging potential. Limited availability.” – Tim Fish [highly recommended]
- From International Wine Cellar
Stephen Tanzer [89-91 POINTS]
- From Best Wines of the Year - New World: Decanter: "Highly Recommended, Merryvale...
“… Napa Valley Profile, 1993. Mouthfilling, velvety, round and strong, with a powerful nose, a rich, peppery palate of fruits of the forest flavours and superb length.” – Rowena Medlow
- From Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Joe Borrello [GOLD]
- From Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition
Toby Rothschild [ GOLD]
- From New World International Wine Competition
Awarded Gold Medal, then Best of its Price Class and finally received Geyser Peak Winery/Trione Family Trophy for Best New World Meritage Type Red Wine.” – Jerry Mead [GOLD MEDAL]
- From More Marvelous Reds: Wine Exchange: "We have been doing Merryvale ...
“…off and on since they began with their 1983 Cabernet over a decade ago. They have had many successes and, even though they have had the same winemaker since the beginning, they have gone through many style metamorphoses. A couple things that are interesting given the history is that they have never really established themselves as masters of one varietal or created a consistent “go-to” flagship wine. The “Profile” has been the star in recent vintages, but his effort eclipses anything they have ever made. Deep color, healthy, regal-smelling, ripe cassis nose, this wine has both the power and class of something like a very expensive bottle. This wine, however, shocked us with its completeness, and the second level, almost “takeoff” of the fruit in the mid-palate is something rare for your rank and file California cabs, even the highly touted ones. This is one of those individual wines that, seemingly out of nowhere, achieves another level. In a world of the flashy, highly touted 94’s, this wine is simply too good to be ignored. Impressive from first sniff, this is the kind of wine that should get Merryvale the attention it has always felt it deserved…”
- From Wine of the Month: Decanter: "The Profile itself receives...
“… maceration for over one month and spends nearly two years in new French oak.The 1993 is a mouthfilling, round wine with a strong, powerful nose and a rich, peppery palate with “fruits of the forest” flavours, velvety tannins and superb length.” – Sarah Kemp
- 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