2005 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon
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Merus Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2005
WINE SPECTATORSuperrich, 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 now through 2015. 1,013 cases made.
VINOUS(15.6% alcohol): Deep ruby. Very ripe, oaky aromas of dark berries, cocoa powder, flowers and spices. Plush, chewy and full in the mouth but a bit chunky and exaggerated, with a bourbon-like oak quality dominating the wine's underlying dark berry and chocolate flavors. Undeniable concentrated, large-scaled and sweet but could use a bit more energy. The aggressive finish features serious dusty tannins that saturate the cheeks. This wine was considerably more impressive in the early going.
WINE ADVOCATEAs 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.