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2001 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
2001 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 114

($95) Deep, bright ruby. Superripe aromas of black raspberry, roasted cassis, licorice, pipe tobacco and smoked meat. Dense, rich and sweet, with flamboyant flavors of cassis, licorice, leather, game and black tea. As extracted and high in alcohol (15.1%) as this is, its lovely ripe acidity somehow keeps it fresh and gives it shape. Finishes very long and sweet, with suave, melting tannins. Very impressive California cabernet, and a wonderful example of the vintage.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 195

A superb effort from then-proprietor Mark Herold and his former wife, Erika Gottl, the 2001 Merus reveals an opaque purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of camphor, graphite, blackberries, blueberry liqueur and subtle oak. It has resolved most of its tannins and is now a full-bodied, concentrated, well-balanced, impressively endowed stunner that has hit its plateau of full maturity where it should remain for another 10-15+ years.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Has gained with age; still big, bold, ripe and expressive, with tiers of juicy plum, blackberry, chocolate brownie and espresso, yet for all its girth it's elegant and graceful, ending with a touch of kirsch. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2019. 650 cases made.

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Community Reviews


rcl Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 05/14/2014


Juan K Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 02/18/2011


Maxcontinuous Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 08/21/2009

Cherry, dark fruit nose with currant, licorice, and allspice palate. Very enjoyable, 60+ sec finish.


TannicTony Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 11/15/2008 Drink Dates: 2006+

It's been 3 years since last tasted the 01. Lovely nose that displays almost an old style Napa aroma. Structure somewhat disjointed, probably due to high alcohol. I've been on Merus list since first release in 98 but have opted out this year. Fun wines but not at $135 a pop.

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