80% Cabernet Sauvignon
13% Petit Verdot
1% Cabernet Franc
14.5% by volume
Our 2008 Profile shows opulent aromas blackberry, cassis, sweet mixed berries, perfume and black tea along with vanilla, baking spices and toasty oak. The texture is broad and mouth filling with mature tannins and exceptional length. Profile is always capable of aging two decades and beyond, but is approachable in its youth. We recommend decanting.
- Vineyard Notes
Merryvale St. Helena Estate, Sugarloaf, Stagecoach
- From International Wine Report: "Dense and concentrated with fresh...
“… ripe black fruits, sweet cassis, smoke, coffee, herbs and tar. Full-bodied and powerful backed round polished tannins and a solid core. Everything is wrapped up with an amazing long mouthwatering finish. This is still very much in its youth and will easily last another two decades. Composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in French oak (90% new) with minimal racking (Best 2015-2030)” – Dr. Owen J. Bargreen, CS [94 POINTS]
- Fom Wine Spectator: "This elegant, graceful...
“… style offers complex aromas of spice, sage, cedar and dark berry. Rich and supple in texture, ending with firm tannins, lingering fruit and melted black licorice notes. Very impressive. Much better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2022. 2,500 cases made.”– James Laube [94 POINTS]
- From The Wine Advocate: "The flagship red wine...
“… the 2008 Profile, is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. Dusty, loamy soil aromas intermixed with graphite, blueberry, blackberry, charcoal and camphor jump from the glass of this complex, inky/purple-colored offering. Full-bodied and backward with undeniable potential, this young red classic Napa blend of Bordeaux grapes should hit its stride in 4-5 years and last for three decades. A compelling wine, it is further evidence of the remarkable progress Merryvale has made over the last decade. Moreover, it is the finest wine they have ever produced.” – Robert Parker, Jr. [96 POINTS]
- From Cellar Selection: Wine Enthusiast: "A tremendous wine that...
“… shows how Merryvale is absolutely at the top of its game. Impeccable in structure, with refined tannins that are soft and firm at the same time, and a fine cut of acidity. Entirely dry, the Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend is awesome in blackberry, cherry, cassis and oak flavors, with complexities of anise, soy sauce, grilled meats and minerals. Beyond the particulars, it just feels dramatic and rich in the mouth. A great wine that should develop in the bottle over the next decade.” – Steve Heimoff [97 POINTS]