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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 30 
ProducerMerryvale (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)040426102414

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2013 (based on 30 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Merryvale Vineyards Profile on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.6 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 118 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Malc on 4/5/2015 & rated 88 points: decanted one hour.
Still has some light berry flavors and some anise on the nose....getting past prime but still enjoyable (409 views)
 Tasted by Snag One on 12/7/2014 & rated 87 points: This wine was decanted for about an hour prior to drinking. Redish brown color. The nose isn't too complex but notes of pepper, sage, blueberries and toast. The palette is simple and not as complex as I would expect from a wine of this pedigree. Short finish and disappointing. Maybe beyond its peak. (1005 views)
 Tasted by jinks on 9/8/2014 & rated 88 points: Underwhelming- expected more at this price. (1447 views)
 Tasted by MLR on 7/4/2014 & rated 88 points: Nice wine. Not particularly complex, but still some nice old fruit and some dust/chalk on the nose. (1776 views)
 Tasted by HappyWineGuy on 5/12/2014: no point rating. PNP. This wine was disappointing. Even after an hour it was a one note or two note wine. Cassis, tannin. I am guessing I kept it too long. (1971 views)
 Tasted by 55degrees on 4/27/2014 & rated 88 points: purchased on release at the winery stored properly. opened with perfect cork. smells of stewed plums at the bottle. decanted gently. fine sediment. consumed over three hours.
in the glass dark cherry center with brick rim. strong legs. simple nose of dark red fruit and cigarbox. on the palate stewed red fruits, rhubarb and eucalyptus. Light to medium body with a somewhat linear texture. Firm tannins.
Enjoyable but disapointing. Not past its prime but not getting any better.

(zalto aldo sohm stemware) (1830 views)
 Tasted by acheng on 4/10/2014 & rated 89 points: Somewhat confected. Eucalyptus and plummy. Rescue by a fading tertiary aroma. Drink up (1512 views)
 Tasted by klezman on 12/31/2013: Surprisingly oaky. Plenty of plum, stewed fruit, and oak on the nose and palate. Vanilla and caramel were apparent. Not sure if the oak will diminish over time, but aside from that it's a well built, tasty, and nicely balanced wine. (2149 views)
 Tasted by jhillesh on 12/26/2013 & rated 89 points: Definitely needed to decant it. (1309 views)
 Tasted by Wizaard1 on 11/28/2013 flawed bottle: second bottle corked from this vintage. (1267 views)
 Tasted by Bloms on 7/7/2013 & rated 93 points: - Garnet color. It's in total harmony and has flavours of raisin with a medium/full body. Satin-Like texture with a medium finish. (2140 views)
 Tasted by JDV.DDSPHD on 4/6/2013 & rated 91 points: Earth and smokiness on the nose initially. Then the fruit followed. Tannins have softened almost completely dissipated. Acidity is still present & the overall structure is holding it together. You can taste the earthiness & fruit along with the terroir which makes it the profile. Very nice. I would have opened this sooner. Probably 3-5 yrs ago though bec I like them younger & more chewy. This was almost past it's prime for me but still showing nicely. Drink now. (2561 views)
 Tasted by Baylorwine on 3/15/2013 & rated 91 points: Drinking perfectly right now. Needs a little time to open up, but the tannins are in line and very smooth. No notes taken. (2099 views)
 Tasted by Snoman on 2/4/2013 & rated 92 points: Colored a deep purple/black, halo just starting to brick, with still-rich aromas of blackberry and cassis. Decanted for about an hour, showed terrific fruit intensity and flavor complexity, but just on the edge of over-aging. Smoke and fruit still in great balance, but tannic structure is going away, while finish continues long and tasty. Drink now while still excellent. (2266 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 12/25/2012 & rated 90 points: nose - dirt, asphalt, dark berry. a bit of stink which slowly blew off. intriguing nose, and perhaps a slightly off bottle?
mouth - complex fruity, with prominent burnt earth leaving me slightly disconcerted. the roasted burned tire flavor is one I can do without
and otherwise marred what would have been a nice bottle. A second glass 6 hours later was doing much better. Needs air. (2308 views)
 Tasted by Byronic on 12/19/2012 & rated 90 points: Elegant. The 2001 is ready to drink now. For my palate its at or passing peak. Black cherry, pomegranate, grape juices with faint hints of leather and black truffle, then a nice smooth long finish. Nothing overpowering, matched well with filet mignon. (885 views)
 Tasted by Byronic on 12/19/2012 & rated 90 points: Elegant. The 2001 is ready to drink now. For my palate its at or passing peak. Black cherry, pomegranate, grape juices with faint hints of leather and black truffle, then a nice smooth long finish. Nothing overpowering, matched well with filet mignon. (1281 views)
 Tasted by ramwines on 12/10/2012 & rated 90 points: Getting close to that time when I should finish the last 2 bottles in the cellar. Still nice fruit after a little Venturi action. Has probably seen its peak. (1320 views)
 Tasted by BarryInSeattle on 11/26/2012 & rated 86 points: Certainly seems the drinking window is closing (in late 2012). Still, the original quality of the Profile is still coming through - deep garnet color, solid fruit, although the balance is tending towards more acidity. Definitely needs some time to breathe to best enjoy its last days. (1268 views)
 Tasted by gzim on 11/24/2012 & rated 91 points: Worked great as a pop and pour. To me this did not show any age other than how well integrated the wood and tannins are. Tannins are very fine, still some structure left, but no bricking etc.
More on the feminine side of cali cab, in a good way. (1163 views)
 Tasted by CAHITX on 10/31/2012 & rated 92 points: Nice berry nose, rich and supple. A bit overdone at 14.5%, but still a very good wine. Happy Halloween!! (1364 views)
 Tasted by J2K on 9/10/2012: Not sure if it was the Champagne I drank before or it just needed some air but started very oaky and splintery. But after an hour it opened and got balanced. Very smooth, rich concentrated cab fruit, cedar, leather tobacco, the hard oak turned to sweet vanilla, lingering finish, outstanding. Drink'em up! (1541 views)
 Tasted by lolo66 on 8/19/2012: definetely drink up. silky - no tannins left. new world blend. nice, pleasant. (1576 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 7/22/2012 & rated 90 points: Mostly black cherry aromas with very good spice. Identical on palate, with moderately mature flavors. Still holding up nicely, but drink up within the next few years. (1590 views)
 Tasted by brooklynJ&O on 7/13/2012 & rated 90 points: a real treat.

new world yet light on its feet.

a lot of fruit but not heavy. (1639 views)
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Producer website
Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery dedicated to passionate winemaking and the fine art of living well. For the past 25 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine.
Merryvale is world renowned for rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the iconic Bordeaux-style red blend, Profile, and our everyday drinking, fruit driven brand, Starmont. Merryvale's historic building was the first
winery built in the Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and has become a must see attraction for visitors to the valley. Merryvale is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through conservation,
renewable energy and sustainable farming practices at our three estate vineyards. Merryvale has received Napa Green Vineyard, Napa Green Winery and Bay Area Green Business certifications.

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