88% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot
14.5% by volume
Profile is a blend of many of our finest lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, chosen for their concentration, depth of flavor and fine tannin structure. This wine was aged in mostly new French oak chateau ferre barrels and bottled unfiltered. It is opulently structured and very dark.
- Vineyard Notes
Merryvale Estate, Beckstoffer-Vineyard Georges III, X, ToKalon and Las Amigas; Oak Creek, Bayview-Linda Vista
- From San Francisco Chronicle: "Top 100 Wines of 2006"
… Powerful and taut now, it has toast and juniper-berry aromas and a palate of lush blueberry, blackberry, chocolate, vanilla, clove and coffee. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, it should soften with time.” —Linda Murphy and Lynne Char Bennett [THREE STARS – EXCELLENT]
- From Wine Enthusiast: "Merryvale's Profile has been one...
… of the most reliable Bordeaux blends for a long time, and the ’03, which is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, is a very fine expression of the house style. A blend of impressive vineyards, it’s opulent in black currant flavors, and is most notable for its softly elegant balance. It’s the kind of wine that will dazzle even people who say they don’t like reds.” —Steve Heimoff [93 POINTS]
- From The Wine News: "Forward aromas of stewed plum and...
… maraschino cherry with a pungent, mushroom-like note. Crisp, racy red fruit, cedar and clove flavors. Great potential.” —Tasting Panel [92 POINTS]
- From Quarterly Review of Wines: Five-Star California Red Blends...
2003 Merryvale Profile (Napa Valley). Deep, rich, well-focused (indeed, penetrating) cassis, blackberry, licorice and nutty oak flavors.Outstanding: Wines of such remarkable character and quality as to be in a class by themselves. —Tasting Panel [FIVE STARS]