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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 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 fine tannins will continue to develop over the next 10+ years.