(From 2006 Vintage)
Aromas of cassis, raspberry, perfume and vanilla are interwoven with tobacco, cedar and cocoa. On the palate the wine is dense and concentrated with a finish that is long and complex.
94 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"Profile has been an important, but sometimes overlooked, member of the Napa Valley pantheon for many years, and their ’06 shows why. It’s a rich, complex and smooth wine. Packed with blackberry, cassis and smoky, new oak flavors, it shows a firm structure of tannins and acidity. Beautiful now with a grilled steak, and should age well for at least a decade. S.H." (12/31/2009)
90 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate:
"The 2006 Profile (82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) is a beauty. The sweet, ripe tannins nicely frame this large-scaled, full-bodied wine. Its opaque ruby/purple color is followed by a fragrant bouquet of tobacco leaf, spice box, white chocolate, black currants, and plums. Deep, full-bodied, expansive, and savory, it will be even better after several more years of bottle age, and should easily last for two decades or more. This is an impressive group of wines from Merryvale Vineyards, a winery whose offerings I have not tasted for many years." (Dec. 2009)
89 Points, Wine Spectator:
"Tight and structured, firm, full-bodied, with a core of spicy currant, anise, mineral, cedar and sage, succeeding in its delivery of flavor and structure and ending with a touch of red and black licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2016. 2,300 cases made. –JL" (2010)
About Merryvale Vineyards
Named California Winery of the Year for 2009 by Quarterly Review of Wines!
The first winery built following the repeal of Prohibition, Merryvale is located in the heart of American's permier wine region, Napa Valley. The family-owned business consistently aims to achieve the highest quality at any given price point.
For over 20 years, the Schlatter family has succeded remarkably often with cuvees showcasing their estate vineyards. In the care of winemakers Sean Foster and Graham Wehmeier, Merryvale crafts world class wines in the finest European style reflecting the exuberant fruit of the Napa Valley. Their expertise lies in making premium small-lot hillside vineyard Bordeaux varietals.
(From 2009 Vintage) 2009 Profile shows powerful aromas of cassis, blackberry, raspberry liqueur, licorice, sweet vanilla bean, complex oak and baking spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Upon entry on the palate, this wine displays a generous, mouth-coating texture, with very fine tannins and exceptional length.
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Wine Enthusiast(From 2004 Vintage)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2003 Vintage) 88% Cabernet Sauvignon; 8% Merlot; 4% Other. Suggesting herbs and toasty barrels as much as it does black cherry fruit, this blend of Cabernet and related varieties hails from several of the top vineyards in the Napa Valley but still runs into the limits of the vintage. A touch chubby in feel and noticeably tannic, it falls just short of full commendation.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2001 Vintage) 65% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 3% Petit Verdot. Despite its involving trappings of rich, slightly smoky oak and its attractive touches of olives, earth and herbs, this full and fleshy youngster wants for a more active sense of basic fruit. Still a bit bound up in tannic toughness, it holds out hope for the future, but its parting bow to dryness and its very ambitious price raise just enough doubt in our minds to win it less than unlimited endorsement.
Wine & Spirits(From 2001 Vintage) The 2001 Profile is an excellent wine, but recent vintages are even stronger. The fully mature 2001, a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, exhibits a dense plum/garnet color as well as a sweet perfume of tobacco leaf, incense, roasted herbs and red and black currants. Good opulence and a lush texture result in an attractive attack and mid-palate. Then the wine softens and seems fully mature. However, in a cold cellar it will last another 7ndash;10 years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2000 Vintage) 56% Cabernet Sauvignon; 40% Merlot; 3% Cabernet Franc; 1% Petit Verdot. The shining star of the Merryvale clan in 2000, the Profile bottling is a big, bold, deeply constituted wine that marries lots of concentrated, black currant qualities with a most generous dose of lovely oak. Redolent of sweet cream, coffee, cocoa and caramel, it is kept solidly on course by its unwavering fruit, and, if admittedly a little tough and tannic just now, it is no more so than a very young Cabernet might be expect...