1997 Profile

Varietals

72% Cabernet Sauvignon
26% Merlot
2% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

Napa Valley

Alcohol

14.5% by volume

Flavor Profile

Profile is a blend of our best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, chosen for their concentration, depth of flavor and fine tannin structure. This wine was aged in new French oak chateau barrels and bottled unfiltered. It is very dark and opulently structured — characteristic of this very ripe vintage. In its youth the wine is loaded with flavors reminiscent of dark berries, plums and black cherries, with fragrant notes of vanilla and spice. The wine’s mouthfeel is rich, round and seamless.

  • Vineyard Notes

    Cabernet Sauvignon: Vine Hill Ranch, Beckstoffer II; Merlot: Bayview-Poe, Beckstoffer-Las Amigas, Beckstoffer IV; Cabernet Franc: Thorevilos

  • From The Wine News: "Was made by Steve Test...

    “… in a totally different style, exhibiting more richness and supple textures, along with deep, concentrated cassis that impresses with its purity.”  – Steve Pitcher [90 POINTS]

  • From International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby...

    “…Oaky aromas of black fruits, dark chocolate and mint. Very ripe, thick and rich: lovely sweetness and breadth of texture. Grew lusher as it opened in the glass. Enticing flavors of black raspberry. Finishes very long, with big, ripe tannins. A lovely example of the vintage.”  – Stephen Tanzer [91 POINTS]

  • From Wine & Spirits: " As a young wine...

    “…this is opulent and laden with fruit one moment, smoky and closed off the next. Then it opens again, playing with the air, scents of herbs and licorice emerging from the dark fruit, flavors of cocoa and lapsang souchong tea rising out of the tannins. Warm and a little muddled at the moment, there’s no denying its grandeur. A wine to cellar and check on again seven or eight years from the vintage, when all that opulence should be at its peak.”  – Joshua Greene [92 POINTS]

  • From Wine Enthusiast: "Here’s a rich, solid...

    “… Cab from a good winery with a proven track record. Made in the Bordeaux style, with 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, it’s got ripe black-currant and plum aromas and flavors and a solid dose of toasty new French oak. Very balanced and complex. The tannins are soft enough to drink it tonight, but it can also age, if you want.”  – Steve Heimoff [92 POINTS]

  • From Wine Spectator: "TOP PICK ...

    TOP PICK — Highly Recommended . Massive, with wonderful richness, depth and concentration, this Cabernet blend has layers of complex currant, black cherry, plum, vanilla and blackberry and a long, detailed firmly tannic finish. Best from 2002 through 2012. – James Laube [97 POINTS]

  • From Cabs to Watch: Seattle Post Intelligencer

    ‘Merryvale Profile (about $85).’ – Richard Kinssies [97 POINTS]

  • From Restaurant Wine: "Full bodied and complex...

    “… in style, with excellent concentration and plenty of spicy, toasty oak character. It has overtones of aniseed, plum, and tobacco. Excellent.”  – Ronn Wiegand [4 STARS]

  • From WineToday.com: "'Cellar Worthy'...

    ‘Cellar Worthy’, “This wine offers two sides of the Cabernet coin — intensity and rich finesse.” – Tim Fish [4 1/2 STARS]

  • From Wine Spectator: "Merryvale’s roster...

    “… perhaps best exemplified by the flagship Cabernet-blend Profile, really hit its stride with the ‘97 vintage. Profile ( 72 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 26 percent Merlot, 2 percent Cabernet Franc) sets a new standard for Merryvale, more commonly seen in the Top 100 for its white wines. Winemaker Stephen Test joined the winery in 1998. 5200 cases made. – James Laube [97  POINTS]

  • From American Example of Greatness: Jefferson Cup Invitational: " The following wine is...

    “…among a small number of wines identified as American Example of Greatness. We believe this wine to represent the best in American agriculture as expressed in wine.”  – Doug Frost, MS, MW

  • From California's Best Wines of 2000: The Wine News

    Merryvale’s Profile was listed in section re: California’s best red blends of 2000 some others listed: Insignia, Opus One, Cardinale… – Steve Pitcher

  • From Copley News Service: "there are any number of wines...

    “… the equal of Screaming Eagle at a fraction of the price…Merryvale 1997 Profile, is an appealing wine with massive fruit and splendid texture. It has the exceptional concentration of fruit that is typical of the vintage in the Napa Valley. Although sweet tannins give this wine the element of immediate drinkability, additional time in the cellar will bring out more of the coffee, chocolate, and wood noted that contribute to its broad palate of flavors and aromas. Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc make the blend.” – Robert Whitley [ Exceptional]

  • From Japan International Wine Challenge

    [GOLD]

  • From Wines Score on the 100 List: The Napa Valley Register: "Massive, with wonderful richness...

    Slotted at number eight on the Top 10 is the 1997 Merryvale Napa Profile. “Massive, with wonderful richness, depth and concentration, this cabernet blend has layers of complex currant, black cherry, plum, vanilla and blackberry and a long, detailed, firmly tannic finish.” A total of 5,200 cases was produced, with retail price set at $85″. – L. Pierce Carson

  • From Perfect holiday gifts in a bottle: Copley News Service

    “… anyone willing to spend about $100 for a great bottle of wine need only throw a dart at this lineup: Phelps Insignia, Silver Oak, Merryvale Profile, and BV Georges de Latour…(just some of the wines mentioned) – Robert Whitley