2001 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 

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.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2011-2019
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: rcl
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/10/2015

Rating: 94
Author: Juan K
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 02/18/2011

Rating: 93
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/21/2009
Cherry, dark fruit nose with currant, licorice, and allspice palate. Very enjoyable, 60+ sec finish.

Rating: 90
Author: 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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Average rating: 94, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1031 bottles owned by 361 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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