The best of the vintage!
42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 19% Petit Verdot, 15% Malbec
Aromas of violet, plum, black cherry, cassis, nutmeg, vanilla, dark chocolate, and the impression of minerality. Palate is restrained by Napa standards, but still full bodied and round, with all the color, depth, and persistence one expects from Profile. This wine must be decanted in its youth, and with proper cellaring it will age for 10-15 years and beyond.
Profile is typically a blend comprised of the top vineyard sites in our portfolio across the Napa Valley, drawing on the strengths and complexity inherent in different soils and microclimates, and the 2011 vintage was no exception. The challenges faced with the 2011 vintage were mitigated by selecting from a small group of extremely well farmed vineyards including Stagecoach and Kenefick, where selection in the vineyard and again at the winery was critical to the success of this wine. The same was true for our Schlatter Family Estate Vineyard which contributed nearly half of the fruit for this blend. While the sorting and selection process significantly reduced the overall yields, what we ended up with continues to showcase the exceptional fruit quality and expression of this outstanding vineyard.
The fruit for Profile was handpicked in the early morning and triple sorted. The grapes were gravity-fed into small fermenters and on the skins for an average 0f 22 days.The wine underwent malolactic fermentation, was racked twice, and aged 20 months in French oak barrels (90% new, 10% second fill) before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.