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 2011 Vintage) Aromas of dark sweet cherry, black currant, dark plum, integrated spice and toast notes and some dried herb. Very sweet, exuberant fruit including red currant, green tea, dried rose petals, delicate fresh herbs and oak notes of toffee and cigar box. Sweet black fruit on the entry opens to a rich, velvety mid-palate. The weight and concentration in this wine are balanced by flavors of dark ripe cherry, berry and plum, along with cocoa, spice and subtle dried herb.