The wine it produced in 2015 is deeply concentrated and structured. Jeb Dunnuck raved, calling it “brilliant. Blackcurrants, burning embers/scorched earth, licorice, and hints of violets all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, backward, tight Cabernet that needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years. It's going to have two decades or more of longevity.”
A six-pack or a case of this iconic Cabernet of the Napa Valley is such a smart investment!
The first post-Prohibition winery built in the Napa Valley, Merryvale has a colorful history. It began life as Sunny Saint Helena Winery in 1933, and by 1937, Cesare Mondavi was a partner. It was here that his sons, Peter and Robert Mondavi, both learned how to make wine. Sunny Saint Helena was mostly a co-op, bulk producer, and storage facility over the years, and in 1988 it was revived as a luxury producer by Bill Harlan and several partners. By 1991 the winery was renamed Merryvale, and the Schlatter family of Switzerland became partners. Today our friend René Schlatter, who has lived and worked in the US for over 30 years, is the owner and CEO. Merryvale is important to us because the expert winemaking team of Simon Faury and Michael Costley are relentless in their pursuit of pure, sustainably farmed, expressive wines. Faury has worked extensively in France and Italy, as well as Napa Valley icons like Robert Mondavi and Harlan Estate. Grapes are picked by hand and fermented in many small batches, which give Foster and Faury total control over quality in the final blends.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc aged 26 months in new oak, the flagship 2015 Profile is brilliant, and has slightly more concentration and richness than the 2014, yet isn't as sexy nor as approachable. Blackcurrants, burning embers/scorched earth, licorice, and hints of violets all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, backward, tight Cabernet that needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years. It's going to have two decades or more of longevity