83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
The level of intensity, color and flavor in the fruit from our Schlatter Family Estate Vineyard was truly exceptional. The incredible phenolics in 2013 allowed for deep and long macerations for up to 45 days. Aromas of licorice, blackberry, raspberry and plum are interwoven with dark chocolate and black olives and highlighted by balsamic notes. The rich, round entry is the perfect entrée to this wine of significant depth and length. The weight and concentration are balanced by flavors that are equally deep and elegant with leather notes and savory herbs (thyme) on the finish. The oak is well integrated featuring supple, very fine grain tannins. Decant this wine in its youth, it will reach a nice level of complexity 8-10 years from vintage, and with proper cellaring its depth and very fi ne tannins will continue to develop over the next 10+ years.
This 30th vintage of our Profile proprietary red blend continues to showcase the very best fruit from the harvest. Historically comprised from top vineyard sites in our portfolio from throughout the Napa Valley, we now have the luxury of sourcing exclusively from our gorgeous hillside Schlatter Family Estate Vineyard located east of St. Helena. Picked only at night, sorted in the field and at the winery, the fruit was cold soaked for five days and fermented using native yeasts with daily pump-overs and delestage. Macerated for 30 to 45 days, part of the blend was barrel fermented in whole berries for 30 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in new French oak and the wine was racked every six months during aging. The 2013 Profile was bottled without fining or filtration.
The 2013 growing season has been described as early, even and excellent reflecting the consistent quality for which the Napa Valley is known. A warm, dry spring brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. Temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The cooler, sunny weather that lasted throughout September allowed the grapes to linger longer, developing more phenolic and flavor maturities with sugar levels remaining steady. Harvest came to a close about two weeks earlier than usual. The 2013 vintage is exceptional and exceeded expectations following on the heels of the 2012 — another year that has been described as nearly perfect.