2012 Profile, 1.5L
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot
This 29th vintage of our Profile proprietary red blend continues to showcase the very best fruit from the harvest. Traditionally comprised from top vineyard sites in our portfolio from throughout the Napa Valley, this vintage is sourced exclusively from our gorgeous hillside Profile Estate Vineyard located east of St. Helena. Although the 2012 harvest was excellent throughout the Napa Valley, we found in our blending trials that our estate lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot stood head and shoulders above the rest. The phenolic development in this vineyard is truly outstanding and showcased in the wine’s elegance and very fine tannin structure.
All indications are that the 2012 vintage will be a memorable one, thanks to a classic growing season which resulted in excellent quality overall. Aromas include 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.