Merryvale Profile 2012
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Aromas of dark sweet cherry, black currant, dark plum, and finely integrated baking spice and toast. The very sweet, exuberant fruit is complemented by notes of rose petals, almond toffee, vanilla and cedarwood. Sweet black fruit on the entry opens to a rich, velvety mid-palate. The weight and concentration in this wine are balanced by flavors of dark ripe cherry, berry and plum, along with cocoa and spice. The oak is well integrated and seamlessly supports the weight of the fruit. This refined and structured wine is framed by nice acidity, a long finish and very fine tannins. Decant this wine in its youth, it will reach a nice level of complexity 8-10 years from vintage, and with proper cellaring it will continue to develop over the next 10+ years.
Muted initially before slowly unlacing faint baking spices and rose, this wine is jammy, with a plushness of oak and weight. It offers a structure and power dotted in cedar, tar and leather, finishing in pleasing waves of coconut and chocolate.
Well-centered on pure, rich blackberry and boysenberry flavors, this is presented in a supple manner, accented by gravel-laced tannins. Ends with a dusty, loamy aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2026. 1,400 cases made.