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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Merryvale Profile 1998
Merryvale Profile 1998
(search item no. 41981)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Profile is the pinnacle of Merryvale's distinguished Napa Valley red wine portfolio. Acclaimed winemaker Steve Test pulls out all the stops for this sumptuous wine, employing native yeast fermentation, extended time on the skins, 18 months or more in new, top of the line French oak chateau barrels from traditional Bordeaux coopers, and painstaking quarterly racking before bottling the wine unfiltered.

Test demands 'pedal to the metal intensity' when selecting each individual Bordeaux varietal lot for Profile. 'By intensity, I mean deep color and brooding, dark flavors such as roasted coffee - bold and powerful bass notes. The wine's balance comes from the silky, supple tannins derived from ripe grapes and careful finishing.' Chanting the mantra, 'rich, round, fat and supple,' he extracts the very best of each vintage for this crème de la crème.

1998 Profile is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc with grapes from such superstar vineyards as Beckstoffer - Georges III, Poe, Showket, Slawson and Thorevilos. The wine was rated 96 points by Wine Enthusiast, the first American wine on its prestigious 'Best Wines of 2001' list, and garnered an impressive 92 point / '2 puff' rating in the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine.
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About Merryvale Vineyards:

Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery dedicated to passionate winemaking and the fine art of living well. For the past 25 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine. Merryvale is world renowned for rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the iconic Bordeaux-style red blend, Profile, and our everyday drinking, fruit driven brand, Starmont. Merryvale's historic building was the first winery built in the Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and has become a must see attraction for visitors to the valley.

Merryvale is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through conservation, renewable energy and sustainable farming practices at our three estate vineyards. Merryvale has received Napa Green Vineyard, Napa Green Winery and Bay Area Green Business certifications.