2007 Merryvale "Profile" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another big-time winner, the 2007 Profile may be the finest wine I have ever tasted from Merryvale. It exhibits an opaque purple color along with classic tobacco leaf, black currant, spicy oak, chocolate, licorice, and graphite characteristics, a big, full-bodied mouthfeel, and tremendous depth, persistence, and length. This proprietary red should continue to put on weight, and last for 15-20 or more years. Very impressive! This is an impressive group of wines from Merryvale Vineyards, a winery whose offerings I have not tasted for many years.
A classy wine that's firm, intense and complex, showing vivid, well-structured blackberry, wild berry and currant fruit, with touches of anise, loamy earth and black licorice. Ends with a lingering mix of berry, cedar and earth touches and tannins that give the flavors traction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2011 through 2019.
*Cellar Selection* This Cabernet-based blend of all five Bordeaux varieties is the most inaccessible of Merryvale's 07 portfolio, and it consequently offers the least pleasure now. It's quite rich in blackberries and currants but the tannins are considerable, and 90% new oak buries the fruit under a cloak of char and wood tannins. Feels rustic, but obviously pedigreed and extremly ageable. The score could soar over the next 6-9 years as the wine develops in the bottle.