2002 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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WA 94+   IWC 94   WS 91   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 2012-2032
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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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: Issue 120

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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.

Drink Dates: 2012-2018
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: rcl
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/22/2013

Rating: 96
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/05/2014
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Dark, rich and intense. Layers of thick, plush currant. Flavors of black cherries, blackberries and some licorice. Toasty oak. Full body. Great acidity

Rating: 95
Author: Dan McD
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 09/26/2011
What a great Cal cab this is. Everything you would want. Did not decant...probably should have as the last glass was sublime.

Rating: 93
Author: Datopone
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/04/2012
Floral on the nose, blackberries & slightly acidic up front, very soft & velvety on the finish

Rating: 90
Author: Yamadori
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 03/15/2012

Average rating: 93, based on 8 reviews
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1545 bottles owned by 446 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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