2009 'Profile', Napa Valley
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
88% Merryvale St. Helena Estate, 9% Larkmead, 3% Stagecoach
- Handpicked in the early morning and triple sorted
- Grapes loaded via gravity into small fermenters
- Native malolactic fermentation
- Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Aged 21 months in French oak (100% new) with minimal racking
14.8% by volume
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.
Profile is our flagship red Bordeaux blend showcasing the very best fruit from each vintage. Most of the Cabernet Sauvignon and all of the Petit Verdot are sourced from our St. Helena Estate Vineyard, planted fifteen years ago under the direction of our Winemaking Team, Michel Rolland, and David Abreu. Our favorite lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc are chosen for their concentration, depth of flavor and fine tannin structure to produce a wine that is rich, elegant and opulent. After extended skin contact, native malolactic fermentation in barrel and periodic lees stirring, the wine undergoes extensive tasting and blending until the final version of Profile is complete. We aged the 2009 Profile for 21 months in 100% new French Oak barrels, and an additional year in bottle before release.
For most of the 2009 harvest in Napa Valley, things went smoothly. Early-ripening whites and reds were picked at optimal ripening levels, capping a summer of mild, steady weather. Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed the same ideal growing conditions until October, when a pair of strong storms dumped enough rain to worry growers. Wineries that waited out the deluge faced a mixed bag, but those who picked before the storms, including us, are very excited about the young wines’ overall quality and ripeness at slightly lower alcohol levels.
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.