2018 Merryvale 'Profile' Red Blend Napa Valley
Winemaker Notes: Silkily structured and loaded with fruit, this wine is the embodiment of powerful elegance. 2018 was a remarkable vintage—the long growing season allowed the grapes to achieve full phenolic maturity, while the lack of extreme weather created the ideal conditions for harvesting at peak ripeness. The resulting wine is both a winemaker’s and wine lover’s dream—fresh, tense, deep, complex and long. Aromatics of allspice, blue fruits, leather, cocoa and endless other descriptors impress as the waves of lush texture wash over the palate. Full bodied without being heavy, the wine’s natural acidity provides the freshness to balance the generous structure and fine mountain tannin. The finish is long and rewarding. Enjoy now and as the wine matures over the next 25+ years.
Jeb Dunnuck - "The flagship 2018 Profile checks in as a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. It's not far off the style of the St. Helena Estate release yet has a touch more precision and purity, and maybe concentration. Dense purple-hued, with rocking notes of blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, graphite, chocolate, and freshly sharpened pencils, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a pure, layered mouthfeel, lots of ripe tannins, and a great finish. This is a brilliant wine, and it shows the style and class of this vintage nicely. It's approachable today, given its balance and purity, yet will evolve for 25+ years."
Wine Spectator - "Another example of how good '18 is, this brims with cassis, dark plum and blackberry fruit but stays reserved overall, while subtle loam, cedar and iron notes keep it grounded. The long, well-defined finish has cut and drive. Should cruise in the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023."
|Country||USA - California|
|Grape Varietals||Red Blend|