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1999 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
1999 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
1999 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon
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Professional Reviews

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90(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 102

Deep medium ruby. Sexy nose of roasted black raspberry, cassis, root beer, meat and spicy, toasty oak. Lush, dense, sweet and powerful; an outsized wine with rich flavors of black fruits and spices. Still, I'd like to have found a bit more verve and finesse. Decant this wine well in advance if you plan to try it now.

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93

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 142

There are 300+ cases of Merus's 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon (the second vintage produced by proprietors Mark Herold and Erika Gottl) which tips the scales with a well-hidden 14.8% alcohol. The saturated blue/purple color is accompanied by aromas of sweet licorice, high quality French oak, and black currant as well as blackberry fruit. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with elegance, sweet tannin, and a textured, impressive mouthfeel, it is one of the top wines of the vintage. This is a full-throttle effort to drink over the next 15-16 years.

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WS
94

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

A dark, rich, hearty style that has its decadent side, with potent earthy currant, black cherry, wild berry, mineral, leather and cedary oak flavors. Firms up on the finish, with rich, dense tannins. Patience required. 325 cases made.

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Community Reviews

89

Yamadori Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 12/30/2011

98

Maxcontinuous Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 11/08/2010

Wow! Slight ruby color on the edge and just beginning to show some mellowing. Dark jammy fruits with spice cake, cassis, blueberry, cherry, and toasty oak. Still a tannic monster with a 1+ min finish. Fantastic!

94

StuTarheel Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 10/26/2008 Drink Dates: 2008-2025

Boy do I love this Cab. Big, ripe dark red fruit. Tannins integrating well. Mouthcoating black raspberry, cherry liqueur and kirsch. Complex with notes of bramble and cedar. Good structure with a long finish. Too bad it's gotten out of my price range to buy a case!

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