56% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot
14.5% by volume
2000 was a relatively cool, late-ripening year, creating particularly good conditions for Merlot. As a result, we had plenty of excellent Merlot to work with and the 2000 Profile blend has a little more Merlot in it than other years. The Cabernet came from Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena and was loaded with the rich flavors and dense, supple texture I look for. The wine was fermented with native yeasts, aged in mostly new French oak chateau ferre barrels and was bottled unfiltered. It is opulently structured and very dark.
- Vineyard Notes
Merryvale Estate, Beckstoffer-Georges III, VI, ToKalon and Las Amigas Vineyards, Showket and Oak Creek.
- From Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "The shining star of the Merryvale clan in 2000...
“…the Profile bottling is big, bold, deeply constituted wine that married lots of concentrated, black currant qualities with a most generous dose of lovely oak. Redolent of sweet cream, coffee, cocoa and caramel, it is kept solidly on course by its unwavering fruit, and, if admittedly a little tough and tannic just now, it is no more so than a very young Cabernet might be expected to be, and its prospects for five to seven years of improvement are all, but guaranteed.” [92 Points & 2 Puffs]
- From Wine & Spirits: "Cabernet sauvignon flavors dominate this heady and stylish red...
“…even though it accounts for just over half of the blend with merlot (40 percent), cabernet franc (3) and petit verdot (1). It gives a dry expression of Napa, dark in tone, black as a starry night sky. Though powerful in its tannic richness, the wine is stepped back from aggressive, more austere than in your face. This should age beautifully; or decant it now for a steak.” [90 Points]