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2009 Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon "Profile"

Merryvale 2009 Profile

Winery: Merryvale

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Profile"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, & 2% Cabernet Franc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $165

Cases produced: 2,824

KWG Score: 94.5 (based on 6 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: December 13, 2012

Wine Review: This wine is consistently one of the top high end red wines. It performed very well again this year. It is opaque and dark scarlet colored. It opens with a black cherry and new leather like bouquet with a hint of clove. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and very Old World styled. The flavor profile is an oak influenced black currant with notes of cinnamon and black cherry. The finish is dry and its building tannins are very prolonged. The panel suggested pairing this wine with beef bourguignon or a porterhouse steak smothered with sautéed mushrooms and butter. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: 2009 Profile shows powerful aromas of cassis, blackberry, raspberry liqueur, licorice, sweet vanilla bean, complex oak and baking spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Upon entry on the palate, this wine displays a generous, mouth-coating texture, with very fine tannins and exceptional length. Profile is always capable of evolving for two decades and beyond. We believe the 2009 will be a wine that is approachable slightly earlier than recent vintages, and we do recommend decanting in its youth.

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