(From 2004 Vintage)
Aromas of cassis, ripe blackberry and vanilla are framed by cedar and cocoa notes. 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.
Profile is Merryvale's flagship Bordeaux blend, showcasing the very best fruit from each vintage. Lots of Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), Merlot (7%), Petit Verdot (12%) and Cabernet Franc (2%) are chosen for their concentration, depth of flavor and fine tannin structure to produce a wine that is rich, elegant and opulent. The wine goes through native yeast and malolactic fermentation and is aged in primarily new French Oak barrels for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered.
94 Points, 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." S.H. (12/1/2008)
(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.
Wine EnthusiastRating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Dec-06
Wine SpectatorRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator