Merryvale "Profile" Red Blend 2014 (Napa Valley, California) - [WS 93]

Merryvale "Profile" Red Blend 2014
(Napa Valley, California) - [WS 93]

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Notes from the Winemaker:
The level of flavor, color and intensity in the fruit from the Profile Estate Vineyard is truly exceptional. With 2014 being a warm vintage, it was important for us to not over-expose the fruit and make sure to pick before any late season hot weather. This allowed us to preserve the freshness and intensity of the fruit. Once in the cellar, the fruit impressed us with its freshness and balance. Fermentations were healthy and the result is a wine of great depth and elegance. The oak is well integrated featuring supple, very fine grain tannins. Decant this wine in its youth; it will reach a nice level of complexity 8-10 years from vintage, and with proper cellaring its depth and very fine tannins will continue to develop over the next 10+ years.

Our Profile proprietary red blend showcases the very best fruit from each harvest, sourced exclusively from our gorgeous hillside estate vineyard located east of St. Helena. Overlooking the Napa Valley, the Profile Estate Vineyard lies on an eastern ridge at almost one thousand feet of elevation. Planted in 1997 by David Abreu, Michel Rolland and then winemaker Bob Levy, the 25-acre vineyard is comprised of four different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, along with two acres of Petit Verdot and one acre of Cabernet Franc. The steep slopes, rocky soils and volcanic ash bedrock make it a very challenging site to farm, yet this vineyard consistently delivers grapes that stand out for their plush fruit character, complexity and silky tannins.

BLEND: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
VINEYARD: Profile Estate Vineyard
HARVEST DATES: September 7-25
COOPERAGE: 100% new Taransaud, Darnajou and Sylvain
ÉLEVAGE: 26 months
ALCOHOL: 14.9% by volume
TA: 6.1
pH: 3.74

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Aromatically complex, firm, dense and chewy on the palate, with taut dark berry, crushed rock, licorice, anise and cedar notes. Ends long and persistent. Built to age. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2020 through 2034. 2,000 cases made." – JL (Nov 15, 2017)