2005 Merus - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

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 decades.et tannin as well as vibrant acidity, it is a candidate for two decades of cellaring.

Drink Dates: 2011-2037
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2015
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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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 Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 96
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/07/2010
Site Blog: mac_h Young (From 2010 To 2020)

Rating: 95
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/25/2012
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Rating: 95
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/28/2014
Big and bold. Still very young with little evidence of age.

Rating: 94
Author: rcl
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/07/2015

Rating: 93
Author: 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.

Average rating: 95, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1985 bottles owned by 525 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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