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 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. Needs time; fruit is somewhat tight and unforgiving right now. Great potential.” – Tasting Panel [92 POINTS]
- From BTI / World Wine Championsips
A.J Teal [93 Points]
- From JustWinePoints.com
Jenna Corwin [96 POINTS
- From The Wine Authority: "Slightly herbal with licorice...
“… and bell pepper in the nose. Very dense and concentrated with well focused flavors that will need time to soften, best in 5-7 years”. – Bob Cranston [87-91 POINTS, Highly Recommended
- From Critics Gold: 2006 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition: "Excellent! A wine of depth...
“… and power with complex aromas and a long stylish finish.” – Robert Whitley
- From Quarterly Review of Wines
Five-Star California Red Blends/Meritage: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 [5 STAR]