A tremendous wine that shows how Merryvale is absolutely at the top of its game. Impeccable in structure, with refined tannins that are soft and firm at the same time, and a fine cut of acidity. Entirely dry, the Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend is awesome in blackberry, cherry, cassis and oak flavors, with complexities of anise, soy sauce, grilled meats and minerals…
Sleek, smooth and elegant, with fine tannins that frame a wine that’s flush with plum, cassis, anise, herb and chocolate flavors. Plush and velvety on the palate, it’s got a finish that doesn’t quit. Cabernet doesn’t get much better, anytime or anywhere.
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.
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.
This falls midway between the spectacular ’08 and the elegant ’07. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, its grapes were grown in St. Helena. The wine shows softly lush tannins and deep, complex flavors of red fruit, berry, licorice, cocoa and mineral that easily stand up to 100% new French oak. Don’t open it until at least 2018, and it should develop for many years afterward.
Merryvale’s Profile has been one of the most reliable Bordeaux blends for a long time, and the ’03, which is mainly Cab Sauvignon, is a very fine expression of the house style. A blend of impressive vineyards, it’s opulent in black currant flavors, and is most notable for its softly elegant balance. It’s the kind of wine that will dazzle even people who say they…
An amazingly delicious and complex wine. Dark and rich, filled with blackcurrant, cocoa and new oak flavors and lush, sweet tannins. Finishes with a scour of fresh acidity. Made from some of Napa’s greatest vineyards, such as To-Kalon and Georges III, this is a wine with a great future. Now through 2012.
Here’s a rich, solid Cab from a good winery with a proven track record. Made in the Bordeaux style, with 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, it’s got ripe black-currant and plum aromas and flavors and a solid dose of toasty new French oak. Very balanced and complex. The tannins are soft enough to drink it tonight, but it can also age, if you want.