92% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Petit Verdot
The 2016 Profile has beautiful color and the nose opens with savory herbs, chocolate, roasted notes and cherry reduction. The mouth starts with a broad entry and a lot of tension. This wine shows a bit more delicate approach compared to the 2015 but has great complexity and shows seductive, savory flavors with pretty, soft tannins. The 2016 Profile will continue to develop and gain complexity for many years. Cellared properly, this wine can be enjoyed for up to 30 years. Decant this wine in its youth.
- Vineyard Notes
Our Profile proprietary red blend showcases the very best fruit from each harvest, sourced exclusively from our gorgeous hillside estate vineyard located east of St. Helena. Overlooking the Napa Valley, the Profile Estate Vineyard lies on an eastern ridge at almost one thousand feet of elevation. Planted in 1997 by David Abreu, Michel Rolland and then winemaker Bob Levy, the 25-acre vineyard is comprised of four different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, along with two acres of Petit Verdot and one acre of Cabernet Franc. The steep slopes, rocky soils and volcanic ash bedrock make it a very challenging site to farm, yet this vineyard consistently delivers grapes that stand out for their plush fruit character, complexity and silky tannin.
The grapes were hand-harvested at night in order to get the fruit into the cellar by very early morning and at its freshest. Each block was slowly harvested and the Petit Verdot was co-fermented with the Cabernet Sauvignon to integrate as early as possible. Native fermentation began after a 5-day cold soak and reached a peak temperature of 85°F. Fermentation lasted from 18 to 28 days. The wines were then drained to barrels where malolactic fermentation occurred. We aged the wine for 26 months in 75% new French oak barrels from Tronçais in the center of France. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
- FROM JEB DUNNUCK.COM: "Tasted as a barrel sample...
…the 2016 Profile is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc that spent 26 months in new French oak. It offers a smoking good bouquet of blackberries, cassis, cedarwood, and graphite. Deep, rich, powerful, and beautifully concentrated, it has building, sweet tannins and awesome length. This is a blockbuster that’s going to have 3-4 decades of longevity.” [95-97 POINTS]
- FROM ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE: "A barrel sample blend...
…of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot from the Profile Estate vineyard, expected to be aged for 26 months in 80% new French oak, the 2016 Profile is deep garnet-purple colored, with lovely cassis, ripe cherries and raspberry pie with touches of plums preserves, cedar chest, pencil lead, eucalyptus and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and rich, with a plush frame, the palate offers plenty of juicy black fruit and a long finish with a minty lift.” [93-95 POINTS]