2008 'Profile', Napa Valley
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc
Merryvale St. Helena Estate, Sugarloaf, Stagecoach
- Handpicked, triple sorted and gravity fed into the fermenters
- Extended maceration on the skins followed by cool fermentation temperatures
- Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Aged 20 months in French oak (90% new) with minimal racking
14.9% by volume
This wine is capable of aging two decades and beyond, but is approachable in its youth. We recommend decanting.
Profile is Merryvale’s flagship red Bordeaux blend showcasing the very best fruit from each vintage. The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our St. Helena Estate Vineyard, which was planted ten years ago under the direction of our winemaking team, Michel Rolland and David Abreu, who still farms the vineyards for us. This now fully mature vineyard is giving us some of the most complex and concentrated fruit in the Napa Valley.
After undergoing extended maceration and a cold fermentation, we aged Profile for 20 months in 90% new French Oak barrels. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The 2008 vintage was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. The growing season started with a historic frost that resulted in some mild crop loss in the cooler areas, particularly with Chardonnay. Record high temperatures in May were abruptly followed by dry winds and then a cool rainy patch. With the lighter crop and warm, dry remainder of the growing season, ripening progressed ideally through harvest. The result is a slightly smaller crop in 2008 with above average to excellent quality.
Our 2008 Profile shows opulent aromas of blackberry, cassis, sweet mixed berries, perfume and black tea along with vanilla, baking spices and toasty oak. The texture is broad and mouth-filling with mature tannins and exceptional length.