2004 'Profile', Napa Valley

People are talking about Merryvale wines! Here are a few of our most recent awards and accolades for this 2004 'Profile', Napa Valley.

June 01, 2009
Quarterly Review of Wines

"Merryvale's Wines"

2004 'Profile', Napa Valley

Blackberry and cassis provide the framework for this solidly-built wine, where hints of violet suggest Pauillac but pomegranate notes remind us that California sunshine plays no small role... Says (winemaker) Sean Foster, "We like this with grilled rib-eye or an herb-encrusted rack of lamb." Well, yeah. Who wouldn't?

- Richard Paul Hinkle

January 01, 2009
My Top Picks

"Napa Valley: Cabernet, Merlot, and Blends"

2004 'Profile', Napa Valley

Very ripe and intense nose showing off dark berries, mocha and some gentle oak, nice sweetness without being jammy, the palate is very structured with plenty of dark fruit and rigid tannins, it is still young and rather monolithic on the palate, a few more years of ageing would do no harm, fine potential here.

- Andreas Larsson

December 01, 2008
90 Points

2004 'Profile', Napa Valley

This complex mix of concentrated black fruits is aided and abetted by scents of soils, graphite and creamy oak in its rich, slightly spicy and still developing aromas. Its supple entry and hints of polish promise even more and better to come with bottle age...

- Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot

December 01, 2008
94 Points

"Cellar Selection"

2004 'Profile', Napa Valley

“Merryvale’s Profile remains a star year after year. The ’04 is nearly all Cabernet Sauvignon, and stuns with its power. With a smooth, complex tannin structure, it’s rich in currants, blackberries and cedar, but is too young to open now. Should hit its stride around 2010 and continue to develop for some years after. Tasted twice, with consistent results. Cellar Selection.”

- Steve Heimoff

March 05, 2008
San Jose Mercury News
Here were some of my favorites...

"Daniel: Not all Napa cab makers have lost their way..."

2004 'Profile', Napa Valley

...the 2004 Merryvale Profile ($125), a Bordeaux-style blend that's plump and juicy, with ripe black cherry and good structure.

- Laurie Daniel

January 17, 2008
Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences

"Tasting Notes"

2004 'Profile', Napa Valley

Few Cabs are worth this much, but this newer approach is superb. Nicely knit aroma (cherry and subtle spices) with faint hints of dried herbs. Graceful structure and balance for aging, but also great now with aeration.

- Dan Berger