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2002 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 94 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 53942-2002

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($100; 15.5% alcohol) Deep, bright, saturated ruby. Very ripe but fresh aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice, dark chocolate and smoked meat. Densely packed but juicy and delineated, with very ripe black fruit flavors framed and lifted by fresh acidity. Finishes juice and very long, with explosive dark fruit flavors and noble tannins. This has uncommon vivacity for a California cabernet with this much richness and depth. This is the |home| wine of Mark Herold and Erika Gottl; Herold is also consulting winemaker to Harris Estate, Heston Vineyards , Buccella and Kobalt.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    This is aging very well but mature. Pure, ripe and layered with plum, black cherry, blackberry, cedar, mineral and spice notes. Full-bodied, ending with firm, dry tannins.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    This wine has tightened down considerably since I first had it, which surprised me. Its dense opaque bluish/purple color offers up notes of charred wood and barbecue smoke as well as oodles of blackberry jam, licorice, and camphor. Some graphite also makes an impression in this full-bodied, massive and muscular, yet impressively built and multi-dimensional Cabernet Sauvignon. This cross-valley blend has turned out exceptionally well, but it is still a good 4-5 years away from full maturity, where it should stay for 15-20 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 4.5

    Author: dav
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Miles
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Yamadori
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: sikora398
  • Anonymous | Rating: 96

    Dark, rich and intense. Layers of thick, plush currant. Flavors of black cherries, blackberries and some licorice. Toasty oak. Full body. Great acidity
    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: Khaled H
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Floral on the nose, blackberries & slightly acidic up front, very soft & velvety on the finish
    Author: Datopone
  • Self | Rating: 95

    One of five CA Cabernets that we opened with friends: 04 Araujo Eisele, 04 Staglin, 04 Realm To-Kalon, 03 Shafer Hillside Select, and 02 Merus. All were outstanding (95-96) except for the Realm which was unfortunately flawed. The Shafer and Staglin were the smoothest and most mature, with the Shafer the bigger of the two. The Araujo and Merus were a little younger and brighter. The Araujo is probably the best candidate for improving a little with age.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2022
    Author: Red Sox Fan
  • Self | Rating: 95

    What a great Cal cab this is. Everything you would want. Did not decant...probably should have as the last glass was sublime.
    Author: Dan McD
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 943 bottles owned
  • 215 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 215 collectors)