2003 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon
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Merus Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2003
WINE ADVOCATEThe 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.
VINOUS(blended with 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot) Deep ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, sweet butter and loam. Sweet, lush and sappy, with black cherry and graphite flavors offering very good definition and lift. Offers compelling sweetness and an almost liqueur-like ripeness, but this is more than simply a fruit bomb. Finishes with substantial ripe, broad tannins. "The 2002 version is more muscular and long-aging but the 2003 is flashier," notes Herold.
WINE SPECTATORComplex and at a good drinking stage, with fresh, juicy blackberry, black licorice, cedar and tobacco notes, ending with a push of plump, elegant fruit.—2003 California Cabernet blind retrospective (July 2013). Drink now through 2024. 800 cases made.