2016 Merryvale Profile Proprietary Red Napa Valley

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Rich in history, Merryvale was the first post-Prohibition winery built in the Napa Valley, It began life as Sunny Saint Helena Winery in 1933. Fast forward to 2016 and the signature wine of the estate shines bright, Jeb Dunnuck says it, “offers a smoking good bouquet of blackberries, cassis, cedarwood, and graphite. Deep, rich, powerful, and beautifully concentrated.” A long time Wine Scout favorite, this is the vintage to buy!

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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.

Proprietary Red
Napa Valley
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750 ml Bottle

Jeb Dunnuck

The flagship release, the 2016 Profile is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot all from a single vineyard in the Conn Valley. Aged over two years in 75% new French oak, its deep, saturated purple color gives way to a savory, meaty wine that has loads of red and black currants, toasted spice, baking chocolate, and subtle iron and marine-like nuances. Beautifully textured, concentrated, medium to full-bodied, and balanced, it's another rock-solid 2017 that has plenty to love.


Wine Advocate

A barrel sample, the deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Profile opens with loads of ripe plums, cassis and blueberry notions over hints of earth, spice box and tobacco. Full-bodied, rich and rock-solid with muscular fruit, it has firm, grainy tannins and a very long finish. Barrel Sample: 93-95

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James Suckling

Blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors with chocolate, hazelnut and fresh-herb undertones. Very subtle. Medium to full body. Polished and solid tannins. Well crafted. 92% cabernet sauvignon and 8% petit verdot. Better after 2021.