59% Cabernet Sauvignon
4% Petit Verdot
2% Cabernet Franc
14.5% by volume
This is our finest Bordeaux varietal bottling from the fabulous 1999 vintage, a year I prefer over the much praised 1997. The 1999s are quite similar in depth and intensity to the 1997s while being a little more voluptuous and silky in the finish. This wine was aged in mostly new French oak chateau barrels and was bottled unfiltered. A blend of our best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it is opulently structured and very dark.
- Vineyard Notes
Merryvale Estate, Beckstoffer –Vineyard Georges III and Vineyard VI, Slawson, Bayview-Zinfandel Lane, Showket, Thorevilos, Caldwell.
- From Wine Enthusiast: " A blend of four varieties...
“… dominated by Cabernet, grown in seven vineyard, this represents current tastes in Napa. It’s extremely rich in ripe blackberry and cassis flavors, made up with richly smoked oak. The tannins are ultrsoft, so are the acids.” – Steve Heimoff [90 POINTS]
- From Wine & Spirits: "Dark up front...
“… this brightens to a lasting red fruit flavor. The tenser, initial scents of blueberry and blackberry turn toward red currant as the flavors linger. The texture is pillowy, the blend softened by a significant merlot component, pumped up by the rich warmth of the alcohol, pushing the plump red fruit to last. Oriented toward fruit all the way through, this should age with grace.” – Joshua Greene [91 POINTS]
- From Wine Spectator: " Excellent balance and depth...
“… of flavor to this Cabernet blend, with mocha-laced oak wrapped around ripe currant and blackberry fruit. It’s seamless, and reveals extra flavor dimensions and elements of finesse that draw you back for another sip.” – James Laube [93 POINTS]
- From Restaurant Wine: “Supple and complex...
“… this is an excellent wine, which intensely flavored, somewhat woody, and long on the finish. It tastes of toated oak, tobacco, herbs, kola nut, and vanilla.” – Ronn Wiegrand, MS, MW [4 STAR]
- From Quarterly Review of Wines: "1999 Profile 3 - Stars...
“… Wines of solid character and quality well worth buying ) Medium-deep ruby; intense, cassis and toasty oak-vanillin, nose; ripe, fairly concentrated, black currant, coffee and toasty oak flavors; good tannic corel solid, foursquare character. – Richard Elia [3 STAR]
- From Quarterly Review of Wines: "Medium-deep ruby...
“…intense, cassis and toasty oak-vanillin nose; ripe, fairly concentrated, black currant,coffee and toast oak flavors; good tannic core; solid, foursquare character. [3 STAR]
- From 50 Best Wines: Syndicated Columnist
Merryvale Profile 1999, Napa Valley. 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. About $90.00.” – Fredric Koeppel
- From Best Red Blends: Syndicated Columnist
Mentioned as one of the blends to look for. – Steve Pitcher
- From Best Wines of the Year: The Wine News
Profile ‘99 listed under Red Blends (best of the year). – Steve Pitcher
- From Copley News Service: "Winemaker Steve Test established...
“… himself as a serious player with superb cabernet and merlot vintages to his credit during his tenure at Stonestreet. He hasn’t missed a beat since moving over to the Napa Valley from Sonoma, and his ‘99 Profile is proof positive. While you might wince at the price, Profile ‘99 is one of the top reds of the vintage in Napa, a dark, concentrated, intense blockbuster.” – Robert Whitley [94 POINTS]
- From Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Leaning to loam & smoke...
“… & dusty spice in its ripe and nicely oaked aromas, this well-mannered youngster is at once both fairly forward and moderately complex in flavor, and its layered impressions of currants, cream and loamy earth are sustained through to a lengthy, nominally tannic finish. If balanced and somewhat polished, it is deceptively solid and will age for five to ten years.” – Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot [90 POINTS]
- From Pick of the Week: Syndicated Columnist: "First we notice the inky...
“… color of the Merryvale Profile 1999, Napa Valley, blended by winemaker Stephen Test. Then the bouquet comes up, teeming with licorice, violets, spicy oak and minerals. But in the mouth, all pretense of prettiness falls away, leaving bastions of dusty oak and tides of polished, grainy tannins. This is, in other words, a wine whose raison d’etre at present involves structure and foundation and hints of what’s to come. Excellent potential in six to ten years. – Fredric Koeppel