1998 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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1998 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon
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Wine Advocate | 93

A joint effort of Mark Herold, a former research oenologist at Joseph Phelps, and Erika Gottl, has produced 230 cases of their first wine, the 1998 Merus. The wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine was made from fruit picked extremely ripe, aged largely in French new oak. It was slightly fined but not filtered. The 1998 (14.9% alcohol) is indeed an impressive wine from a much-maligned vintage. The color is intense ruby/purple. The nose offers up notes of creme de cassis and sweet black cherries, intermixed with nicely-infused toasty oak, mineral, and floral notes. The acidity seems low in this full-bodied, expressive, rich, multi-layered wine with a terrific texture and exceptional purity. This is a superb 1998, and certainly one of the finest wines of the vintage. It is also one heck of a debut wine from this small operation ... a California garage wine perhaps? Again, purity, symmetry, and intensity are hallmarks of this wine. (Release date 6/01) I suspect much of this tiny production will be sold via mailing list, so why not be one of the first in line?

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | 92

Dark, rich and dense, with layers of cedary currant, chocolate, black berry, mint, herb, sage and coffee, finishing with a long, complex, well-integrated aftertaste. 230 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2001-2012
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/16/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Very fruit forward. Sweet tannins, well integrated. Core of ripe, sweet red fuit, cherry, anise, cedar. Great mid-palate and nice finish. Not overly complex, but great, powerful flavors.
More Vintages and Sizes of Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon:

2006 (1.5L)
2004 (1.5L)
2003 (1.5L)
2003 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)

About This Producer


The name Merus derives from the Latin noun meaning pure, unmixed, complete, and undiluted, especially when pertaining to wine. Merus winery in Napa Valley strives to represent this idea of absolute purity in each and every one of their bottles.

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