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!
Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2016 Profile is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc that spent 26 months in new French oak. It offers a smoking good bouquet of blackberries, cassis, cedarwood, and graphite. Deep, rich, powerful, and beautifully concentrated, it has building, sweet tannins and awesome length. This is a blockbuster that’s going to have 3-4 decades of longevity.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Profile is made up of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot, aged 26 months in 75% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it comes bursting from the glass with bold warm cassis, black cherries and boysenberries scents with hints of chocolate mint, cedar chest, tobacco and underbrush plus a waft of black olives. Full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house with a firm backbone of finely grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long with a provocative minty lift. Nicely done!