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2003 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Merus Wines meruswines.com   details
Appellation: Napa Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$160.00
 
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rated: March 22, 2006 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
95 points "The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Malbec and Petit Verdot) boasts an inky/purple color along with a rich bouquet of creosote, blueberries, blackberries, sweet earth, and smoky, spicy oak. With full body, abundant fruit, glycerin, and sweet tannin, a multilayered mouthfeel, and stunning upside potential, it is accessible enough to be drunk in 2-3 years, or cellared for two decades. The flagship estate of Mark Herold and his wife, Erika Gottl, Merus produced 750 cases of the 2003, and there will probably be even less of the 2004. This cuvee admirably showcases Herold’s winemaking philosophy as well as skills - late harvesting, super-ripe fruit, aging in 100% new French barrels (usually Taransaud), and bottling without fining or filtration after 18-20 months of cellaring. It’s a philosophy built on patience as well as labor. Herold’s success with such new projects as Buccella, Hestan Vineyards, Harris Estate, and Kamen is further evidence that the man knows what to do in the vineyard and the winery." Best 2007-2025
rated: December 1, 2007 , paul
91 points "Very complete and harmonious, with rich, extracted yet polished currant, wild berry and blackberry flavors that are supple and focused. Shows plenty of depth and concentration. The tannins need time to settle, but it's all there. Best from 2008 through 2013. 800 cases made. –JL" Best 2008-2013
rated: December 17, 2007 , grace chen
5 stars Best 2010-2018
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