1997 'Profile', Napa Valley
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon: Vine Hill Ranch, Beckstoffer II; Merlot: Bayview-Poe, Beckstoffer-Las Amigas, Beckstoffer IV; Cabernet Franc: Thorevilos
- Extended maceration on the skins
- Quarterly racking during barrel aging
- Lightly fined with fresh egg whites, bottled unfiltered
18 months in French oak chateau barrels from traditional Bordeaux coopers (97% new)
14.5% by volume
This wine should develop complexity with five years in the bottle and hold for at least five years after that.
Profile is a blend of our best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, chosen for their concentration, depth of flavor and fine tannin structure. This wine was aged in new French oak chateau barrels and bottled unfiltered. It is very dark and opulently structured -- characteristic of this very ripe vintage. In its youth the wine is loaded with flavors reminiscent of dark berries, plums and black cherries, with fragrant notes of vanilla and spice. The wine’s mouthfeel is rich, round and seamless.