1994 Profile

Varietals

62% Cabernet Sauvignon
27% Merlot
11% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

Napa Valley

Alcohol

13.5% by volume

Flavor Profile

Very dark ruby color, almost inky. Jammy ripe fruit, concentrated, extracted (almost exotic) plums, blackberry and cassis amongst a toasty vanilla oak component that is well integrated and complex. The entry on the palate is powerful and dense. The mid-palate shows richness, breadth and again very ripe concentrated, jammy fruit qualities. The wine finishes big with a high quantity of tannins, but its finish is long and supple.

  • From Wine Spectator: "Listed further...

    “…back in this issue under Special Report: California Cabernet… The core of currant and black cherry is marked by cedary oak and firm tannins, but it opens up to reveal rich, concentrated plum, currant, mineral, sage and oak. A complex, concentrated style. Best from 2000 through 2007.”  – James Laube [91 POINTS]

  • From Wine Spectator: "This is the WineSpectator’s...

    “… annual Cabernet issue. Under the heading of “Alphabetical Guide to California Cabernet.” – James Laube [91 POINTS]

  • From The Wine Advocate: "Even better is the 1994...

    “… Profile (a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc). It possesses an opaque purple color, and seems to hit every sweet spot on the taster’s palate, offering loads of cassis, roasted herbs, toast, and licorice. This multi-layered, rich, concentrated wine also reveals impeccable balance and elegance. There is restraint, power, and concentration – a rare combination in such a big wine. The 1994 is more accessible than the 1995, and thus can be drunk young or cellared for 15-20+ years”  – Robert Parker, Jr. [92 POINTS]

  • From The Wine Advocate: "The 1994 Profile is...

    “… as winemaker Bob Levy says, “the 1991 all over again.” The wine possesses great fruit (the result of a long hang time for the grapes), a sweet, oak-infused, black-cherry, and cassis-scented nose, well-integrated, soft tannin, and a plush, medium to full-bodied personality. It should drink well for 12-15+ years after its release in 1998.”  – Robert Parker, Jr. [90- 92 POINTS]

  • From The International Wine Cellar: "Deeper, bluer color...

    “… Very closed nose hints at licorice. Denser and sweeter than the ’93; floral and mineral notes in the mouth. Quite firm and powerfully structured. More focused and less broad than the ’93. Also quite stylish.”  – Stephen Tanzer [90-92 POINTS]

  • From The Wine Advocate: "The 1994 Profile...

    “… (a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc) is another classic example of this vintage. The wine exhibits a deep purple color, followed by a spicy, licorice, cassis, and toasty-scented nose, sweet, expansive fruit, full body, and a long, pure, rich, nicely delineated finish. It possesses the elegance of a top-class Bordeaux, as well as the ripeness and rich fruit found in California’s finest wines. Drinkable young, this wine should evolve for 15+ years.”  – Robert Parker, Jr. [90-92 POINTS]

  • From International Wine Cellar: " Deeper, more vinous aromas...

    “… of cassis, violet, tobacco and iron; has a claret-like complexity. Lush and minerally in the mouth; strong flavor conveys a distinct lead pencil aspect. Gives the impression of slow-ripened fruit. Quite powerful; the tannins are smooth but substantial. This impressive wine will require patience.”  – Stephen Tanzer [91+ POINTS]

  • From Five Stars: Beverage & Food Dynamics: "Sublime Bordeaux-style...

    Five Stars = Top stars rating. Sublime Bordeaux-style blend with lush and subtle plum, blackberry and cassis flavors mixed with sweet toasty oak and moderate tannins; long, smooth, rich finish. No per PH on label insertion for this issue.” – Richard Brandes [93 POINTS]

  • From Wine Enthusiast: "Saturated opaque blood red...

    “… Moderately full-bodied. Highly extracted. Quite tannic. Nutmeg, Asian spice, cassis. Exotic, Asian-spiced aromas are intriguing. Solidly extracted, with very tight, grainy tannins. A long-term cellar wine that needs more bottle age to show its best. Merryvale also listed as “Premier Red Meritage Producers” under Best Producers U.S. Red Meritage – BTI [96 POINTS]

  • From Wine Enthusiasts: " Exotic, spicy aromas...

    “… are intriguing. Solidly extracted, with very tight, grainy tannins. This is a long-term cellar wine that needs more bottle age to show its best.”  – BTI [96 POINTS]

  • From Tasters Guild International Wine Competition

    Joe Borrello [ DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL]

  • From The Quarterly Review of Wines: "Exotic, spicy aromas...

    “… and quality—benchmarks of their type. Medium deep color. A ripe, spicy red berry nose. Elegant and stylish. Well-concentrated. Finesse galore.”  – QRW Staff [EXCELLENT]

  • From Wines for Great Occasions: Syndicated Newspaper

    “…“The 1994 was clearly too young, though the protein of food opened it up somewhat.” (see recap of article) – William Clifford

  • From Wines of the Month - Best Red (9/1/1999): Decanter: "Intense, dark berry...

    “… fruit aromas. Mouthfilling; lots of cherry fruit.” (JAN 99)

  • From Wines of the Month - Best Red (1/1/1999): Decanter: "Best Red... Merryvale Profile...

    “… 1994, Merryvale Vineyards, California . For Merryvale’s Profile, winemaker Robert Levy takes only grapes specially selected from Napa Valley vineyards for their fruit concentration (to support the extensive oak ageing), complexity and suppleness of tannins, and ferments them with a maceration of up to 48 days. He then ages the free-run juice in a high proportion of new French barriques for just over two years. From the 1994, the result is a wine with intense dark berry fruit aromas, with meaty, farmyardy notes and a touch of vanilla and mint. The palate is mouthfilling, with lots of cherry and dark berry fruit; dense and extracted, it is still young, but gathering a spicy maturity.”