2004 Profile

Varietals

79% Cabernet Sauvignon
12% Petit Verdot
7% Merlot
2% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

Napa Valley

Alcohol

14.5% by volume

Flavor Profile

Aromas of black cherry, cassis and vanilla are interwoven with cedar and cocoa. On the palate the wine is rich and dense with a finish that is long and complex. This wine will age well for a decade and beyond. We recommend decanting the wine in its youth. Our favorite pairings include grilled rib-eye, and herb encrusted rack of lamb.

  • Vineyard Notes

    Merryvale Estate Vineyard (St. Helena Appellation), Beckstoffer – ToKalon, Georges III and Vineyard X

  • From Wine Enthusiast: "Merryvale’s Profile remains ..;

    “…a star year after year. The ‘04 is nearly all Cabernet Sauvignon, and stuns with its power. With a smooth, complex tannin structure, it’s rich in currants, blackberries and cedar, but is too young to open now. Should hit its stride around 2010 and continue to develop for some years after. Tasted twice, with consistent results. CELLAR SELECTION. Also, in a comparison of Washington State Cabs and California Cabs, Profile was recognized with this note plus the above review: “Cult wines come and go, but Merryvale’s Profile year after year remains a star…” – Steve Heimoff [94 POINTS]

  • From Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "This complex mix of concentrated...

    “… black fruits is aided and abetted by scents of soils, graphite and creamy oak in its rich, slightly spicy and still developing aromas. Its supple entry and hints of polish promise even more and better to come with bottle age, and even slight hickory chip astringency at the very close is nothing to worry about.” – Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot [90 POINTS & 1 PUFF]

  • From Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences: "Few Cabs are worth this much...

    “… but this newer approach is superb. Nicely knit aroma (cherry and subtle spices) with faint hints of dried herbs. Graceful structure and balance for aging, but also great now with aeration.”  – Dan Berger [Excellent]