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2005 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
2005 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 138

($160; 15.5% alcohol; blended with 4% petit verdot and 2% malbec) Good deep ruby. Black fruits, graphite, bitter chocolate and spices on the vibrant, quintessential cabernet nose. Sweet, lush and chewy, with terrific concentration to the flavors of blackcurrant, chocolate, mocha and minerals. Wonderfully full, sexy and deep for the vintage ("you'll find a lot of thin, high-alcohol wines in 2005," noted Mark Herold), but with lovely energy and lift at the same time. A firmly structured, ageworthy cabernet that finishes with big, broad tannins and excellent length. "It was a challenge to get our growers to drop crop in '05 but it was necessary owing to the size of the flowering and the cool summer," said Herold. "We picked into the beginning of November, and even then we decided to declassify the fruit that didn't ripen properly." A highly successful vintage for this bottling. Incidentally, Merus was recently purchased by William Foley, owner of Foley, Firestone and Lincourt, among other wineries. Foley hopes to find some prime Napa Valley vineyards for partners Herold and Erika Gottl, who until now have relied on purchased fruit to make their wine.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 168

As for their own wines, all of which come from southern Napa sites in Oak Knoll and Coombsville, the 2005 is certainly one of the finest wines they have yet made. A 1,000-case blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, the wine is dense purple-colored to the rim, with an exquisite nose of charcoal, graphite, and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied, with great power, richness, and sensational length, this wine will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle-age and last three tannin as well as vibrant acidity, it is a candidate for two decades of cellaring.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube Issue: Web

Superrich, smooth and creamy. A seductive style that balances ripe, concentrated currant, cherry, fresh earth, mineral and sage notes with toasty, cedary oak. Ends with a powerful yet elegant finish that keeps pumping out the flavors. Fine-grained tannins bode well for the future.

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Community Reviews


Edward O88 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 10/25/2012 Drink Dates:


VinoDeparture Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 05/14/2010

Full-bodied wine buttressed by sweet and fresh tannins. Blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc with a bit of Merlot and Petit Verdot. Great texture and suppleness. Nice aromatics. Very strong.


tiberite Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 07/07/2010 Site Blog: mac_h

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Marty M272 Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 03/20/2010 Drink Dates: 2010-2020

This powerful dense Cabernet did NOT disappoint. Rich classic Napa cab with a little old world style. Worth every penny.

Norman G Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 12/25/2009

Fantastic. wine of the night with great color, body and intensity. Pure cab flavor and depth.

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