1994 'Profile', Napa Valley
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot,11% Cabernet Franc
- A blend comprised of only
- Fermented in stainless steel tanks with extended maceration for 22-48 days
- Fermentation temperature tailored to tannin levels
- Not fined or filtered
25 months in French oak barrels
13.5% by volume
Enjoyable now but will gain complexity with 5-10 years aging. Store the wine at 58 F.
Very dark ruby color, almost inky. Jammy ripe fruit, concentrated, extracted (almost exotic) plums, blackberry and cassis amongst a toasty vanilla oak component that is well integrated and complex. The entry on the palate is powerful and dense. The mid-palate shows richness, breadth and again very ripe concentrated, jammy fruit qualities. This wine finishes big with a high quantity of tannins, but its finish is long and supple.