2005 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($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.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96As 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 decades.et tannin as well as vibrant acidity, it is a candidate for two decades of cellaring.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96Superrich, 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.Author: James Laube
Self | Rating: 96Author: gd10102
Self | Rating: 94Author: rcl
Self | Rating: 95Author: Edward O88
Self | Rating: 95Author: tiberite
Self | Rating: 95Big and bold. Still very young with little evidence of age.Author: Johnnymd
Self | Rating:Fantastic. wine of the night with great color, body and intensity. Pure cab flavor and depth.Author: Norman G
Self | Rating: 93Full-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.Author: VinoDeparture
Self | Rating: 90Gorgeous bouquet of vanilla and black currant. Mouth feel was a tad rough, the alcohol still kills the finish. Hopefully this will subside before the fruit (currently non-existent) disappears.Drink Dates: 2011-2018Author: JMC22
Self | Rating: 97This powerful dense Cabernet did NOT disappoint. Rich classic Napa cab with a little old world style. Worth every penny.Drink Dates: 2010-2020Author: Marty M272
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 , , , and 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. and 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.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the and in , and and in .
The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.
Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with , which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this . These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. producers such as , , and consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.
New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like , , and .
All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 1099 bottles owned
- 242 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 242 collectors)