1995 Profile

Varietals

55% Cabernet Sauvignon
39% Merlot
6% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

Napa Valley

Alcohol

14.5% by volume

Flavor Profile

Very concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis with a background of spicy vanilla, dried herbs and earth. On the palate this wine is best described as powerful with elegance. The entry is soft and fleshy with a broad mid-palate of sweet ripe cassis and blackberry. Concentrated and supple. The finish is long and full showing ample, soft tannins.

  • From The Wine Advocate: "The two exceptional Profile cuvees...

    “… should receive more attention from wine consumers. The outstanding 1995 Profile (14.5% alcohol) is made from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc. It needs 4-5 years of cellaring, so readers looking for Cabernet-based wines with immediate accessibility should be forewarned. The wine exhibits an opaque purple color, followed by copious amounts of toasty, smoky, high quality new oak in the nose, along with equally impressive quantities of black currants, plums, and cherries. Deep and full-bodied, with high tannin but outstanding concentration, this is an impressively built, bordeaux-like wine. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.”  – Robert Parker, Jr. [90 POINTS]

  • From Wine Spectator: "Listed further back...

    “… in this issue under Special Report: California Cabernet… Young and vibrant, with a ripe, rich, lively core of currant, plum, anise, sage and cedar. This complex and concentrated wine is supported by a firm tannic backbone, but the flavors glide through on the finish. A blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc. 2,150 cases made.”  – James Laube [91 POINTS]

  • From Wine Spectator

    This is the WineSpectator’s annual Cabernet issue. Under the heading of “Alphabetical Guide to California Cabernet”… Merryvale Profile Red Napa Valley 1995, 91 points. – James Laube [91 POINTS]

  • From San Jose Mercury News: "A Bordeaux-style blend ...

    “…of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot that is dense, ripe and loaded with fruit.”  – Anthony Dias Blue [91 POINTS]

  • From Tastings.com

    BTI [Exceptional]

  • From Wine Enthusiast: "Bright ruby-violet hue...

    “… Ripe plummy aromas with a dusty, spiced accent. A firm entry leads a medium-bodied palate with very tight tannins and good fruit concentration. Dry through the finish. Drink now or later.”  – Joe Czerwinski, Steve Heimoff, Michael Schachner, Larry Walker (WE tasting panel) [91 POINTS]

  • From Tastings.com: "Bright ruby-violet hue...

    “… Ripe plummy aromas with a dusty, spiced accent. A firm entry leads to a medium-bodied palate with very tight tannins and good fruit concentration. Well-gripped and dry through the finish. Drink now or later.” [91 POINTS]

  • From International Wine Cellar: "Good deep saturated color...

    (50% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot and 10% cabernet franc): Good deep saturated color. Bright, ripe aromas of roasted plum, black cherry, cassis, smoke and lead pencil. Broad and fleshy on the palate, but sound acids give this concentrated wine good shape and balance. Finishes with ripe tannins and noteworthy persistence. Lots of potential.”  – Stephen Tanzer [89-92 POINTS]

  • From Wines Spectator: "Red young and vibrant...

    In a cover article on California Wine, under the Napa Valley, Wines to Buy, Red: Young and vibrant, with concentrated flavors and firm tannins. – Jeff Morgan [91 POINTS]

  • From Best of the Best Meritage Wines: The Quarterly Review of Wines: "Great, deep color...

    “… Wonderful. Slightly muted nose, but intense grape and tannin feel. Vanilla notes with spicy pepper tones. Richly concentrated.”

  • From Indy International Wine Competition

    Dr. Richard Vine [GOLD]

  • From Great Wines: Syndicated Newspaper: " A red meritage wine...

    “… 1995 Napa Valley Profile, was deeply scented and flavored with blackbery, cassis and barrel vanillin. Soft on the palate, it is still concentrated and full-bodied.”  – Bill Stephens

  • 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