Profile

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Country: America

Region: California

Producer: Merryvale Vineyards

Volume: 750ml

Vintage: 2014

Colour: Red

Varietals: Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

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Description

FLAVOR PROFILE
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.

Winemaking

PROFILE NAPA VALLEY RED WINE
Our iconic Profile proprietary red wine represents the pinnacle of our family’s vineyards and winemaking. Precisely crafted using a single lot approach, this limited-production wine epitomizes the Schlatter Family’s unwavering dedication to quality. Profile is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, sourced from the steep slopes of our Profile Estate Vineyard at the eastern edge of the St. Helena AVA. The grapes are hand-picked, hand sorted and vinified to capture the unique elegance of our estate terroir. This wine is distinguished by its intensity, refinement, and balance—eminently approachable at release, but with the structure to reward additional evolution in the cellar.

BLEND: 85%Cabernet Sauvignon,10%Petit Verdot,5%Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION:Napa Valley
VINEYARD:Profile Estate Vineyard
AGING:26 Months, 100% New French oak (From Taransaud, Darnajou, and Sylvain)
ALCOHOL: 14.9%

VINEYARD NOTES
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.

For the 2014, the grapes were hand-harvested only at night then sorted in the field and at the winery. The fruit was cold soaked, allowing a long and gentle extraction to take place. Each lot was fermented separately in small tanks. Native fermentation began after the 7-day cold soak and reached a peak temperature of 90°F. The wines were pumped over a few times a day until dryness and then pressed and drained to barrels where malolactic fermentation occurred. We aged the wine for 26 months in 100% new French oak barrels from Taransaud, Darnajou and Sylvain. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration.

Accolades

Robert Parker 94 Point!
Wine Enthusiast 92 Point!
Wine Spectator 93 Point!

 

 

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