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1999 'Profile', Napa Valley

BLEND
59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot , 2% Cabernet Franc

VINEYARDS
Merryvale Estate, Beckstoffer-Vineyard Georges III and Vineyard VI, Slawson, Bayview-Zinfandel Lane, Showket, Thorevilos, Caldwell.

APPELLATION
Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

  • Extended maceration on the skins
  • Native yeast fermentation
  • Quarterly racking during barrel aging
  • Bottled unfiltered

BARREL AGING
18 months in French oak chateau barrels (84% new) from traditional Bordeaux coopers

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

RELEASE DATE
September, 2002

BOTTLING DATE
August, 2001

PRODUCTION
6,700 cases

CELLARING
This wine should develop complexity with five years in the bottle and hold for many years after that.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
This is our finest Bordeaux varietal bottling from the fabulous 1999 vintage, a year I prefer over the much praised 1997. The 1999s are quite similar in depth and intensity to the 1997s while being a little more voluptuous and silky in the finish. This wine was aged in mostly new French oak chateau barrels and was bottled unfiltered. A blend of our best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it is opulently structured and very dark.