42% Cabernet Sauvignon
24% Cabernet Franc
19% Petit Verdot
14.5% by volume
Aromas of violet, plum, black cherry, cassis, nutmeg, vanilla, dark chocolate, and the impression of minerality. Palate is restrained by Napa standards, but still full bodied and round, with all the color, depth, and persistence one expects from Profile.
This wine must be decanted in its youth, and with proper cellaring it will age for 10-15 years and beyond.
- Vineyard Notes
Profile Estate Vineyard, Stagecoach Vineyard, Rancho Chimiles Vineyard and Kenefick Vineyards
- FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST: "THE WINERY'S TOP-END BORDEAUX RED,
… this blends 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 19% Petit Verdot and 15% Malbec. The fruit is sourced from the family’s estate vineyard on the eastern slopes of the Napa Valley, then aged 20 months in French oak, 90% of it new. Black in color, it tastes of cedar and smoke, with soft layers of subtle plum and cassis before a grippy finish.” —Virginie Boone [91 POINTS, CELLAR SELECTION]
- FROM INTERNATIONAL WINE REPORT: "IN THIS YEAR MERRYVALE OPTED...
… for an interesting blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 19% Petit Verdot, 15% Malbec. This blend is made from their choicest fruit farmed from the Stagecoach vineyard and the Kenefick vineyard, as well as nearly half from their Schlatter Family Estate Vineyard. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation, was racked twice, and aged 20 months in French oak barrels (90% new, 10% second fill) before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine opens with aromas reminiscent of red bell pepper, spicebox and milk chocolate. Palate has anise, crème de cassis, blackberry, mocha and is done in the backwards style. This reminds me of a great Pauillac from a cold vintage like 2007 or 2011. Herbaceous and mineral driven wine that will need some time for the fruit to integrate. The current showing is impressive, considering the cool conditions of the vintage.” (Best 2019-2029) —Dr. Own J. Bargreen, CS [93 POINTS]