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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Merryvale Profile 2008
Merryvale Profile 2008
(search item no. 112035)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $119.00

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
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
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1997 vintage of this wine was ranked #8 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2000

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. This wine is capable of aging two decades and beyond, but is approachable in its youth. We recommend decanting.

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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.



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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Clif Family Winery The Climber Red Blend 2009
Clif Family Winery The Climber Red Blend 2009
(search item no. 107775)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 63% Zinfandel, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 2% Merlot, 2% Petite Sirah.

Our Climber Red brings together our favorite varietals to create a versatile, food-friendly wine that unveils new aromas and flavors with each sip. Fermented separately and then blended prior to bottling, each varietal component adds its own special characteristic to the wine – jammy fruit from the Zinfandel, smoky meat characters from the Syrah, juiciness and deep ruby color from the Petite Sirah and structure from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. the fruit comes from sustainably farmed vineyards located in Mendocino and Lodi.

Classic Zinfandel aromas of dark cherry and spice intermingle with notes of blackberry pie and a slight note of pepper on the nose. Flavorful layers of brambly blackberry fruit, red currant and juicy, ripe plum greet the palate and lead to a well structured mouthfeel featuring a long fruit Filled Finish with soft, subtle tannins.

The 2009 Climber Red is a pizza wine at heart but can hold its own with any red meat, spicy red sauce pasta or hearty fish dish.

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About Clif Family Winery:

You may know us as the people behind Clif Bar & Company. We are the makers of Clif Bar, LUNA and other nutritious, organic products. We have always had a passion for the outdoors and great food and wine. After a long day of hiking or cycling, we enjoy nothing better than relaxing over a meal with family and friends enjoyed over a great bottle of wine. After moving to the Napa Valley in 1997, this passion continued and we began making our own wine in 2004. Now with winemakers Bruce Regalia and Sarah Gott, we are committed to making high quality, affordable wines sourced from sustainable or organic vineyards whenever possible. Enjoy!