2013 MerryVale "Profile"
MerryVale’s historic building was the first new winery built in Napa Valley after the repeal of prohibition in 1933. They have since made a name for themselves with producing rich, powerful Cabernet and Chardonnay, the Iconic Bordeaux style ‘Profile’ and their everyday drinking brand ‘Starmont.’
The fruit from our Schlatter Family Estate Vineyard showed extraordinary levels of intensity, color and flavor. The vintage's outstanding phenolics coaxed out aromas of licorice, blackberry, raspberry and plum, interwoven with dark chocolate and black olive, and punctuated by balsamic notes. A rich, round entry introduces significant depth and length, with elegant notes of leather and savory herbs that balance the weight and power on the finish. Well-integrated oak provides supple, extremely fine-grained tannins. Decanting is recommended in its youth, but this wine will achieve greater complexity 8-10 years from release, and with proper cellaring will continue to deepen and evolve over the next 15-20+ years.