Merryvale Profile
58 Ratings
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58 Ratings
Merryvale Profile

Wine Description

(From 1999 Vintage)

93 Points, Wine Spectator:

"Excellent balance and depth of flavor to this Cabernet blend, with mocha-laced oak wrapped around ripe currant and blackberry fruit. It's seamless, and reveals extra flavor dimensions and elements of finesse that draw you back for another sip. Best from 2004 through 2012. 6,700 cases made. –JL" (10/15/2002)

90 Points, Wine Enthusiast:

"A blend of four varieties dominated by Cabernet, grown in seven vineyards, this represents current tastes in Napa. It’s extremely rich in ripe blackberry and cassis flavors, made up with richly smoked oak. The tannins are ultrasoft, and so are the acids. —S.H." (12/31/2002)

Winemaker's Notes

(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.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Dec-06
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator