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)
Wine & Spirits(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(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 Spectator(2001 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(2002 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/05
Wine Enthusiast(2004 Vintage)