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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Spectator, 93 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 15.3%
Item no. 113459
2008 represents our eleventh vintage of Merus. The 2008 Merus is opulent, juicy and approachable with subtle tannins lurking below the surface. The aromas are emblematic of Coombsville ripe blueberries, blackberries, anise cedar, cassis and wet granite. The lush, thick palate is backed by balancing acids that impact structure and elegance to the wine. While drinking beautifully now, the 2008 Merus has the depth and concentration to expand and evolve over the next five to ten years.
Blend: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Malbec and Petit Verdot
Bold, rich and smoky, a big, expressive wine that's elegant and graceful, with mixed dark fruits, roasted herb, black licorice and mineral. Ends with a long, layered finish that highlights the berry and mineral. Drink now through 2022.
Patience, patience, and more patience is mandated by the 2008. A blend of 99% Cabernet Sauvignon, .5% Malbec and .5% Petit Verdot reveals an opaque blue/purple color in addition to abundant graphite, vanillin, blueberry and blackberry aromas. Built for the long haul, it is a concentrated, dense, promising Cabernet along the lines of the great wines made at Merus since its founding by Mark Herold (who is now pursuing other projects). Give it 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years.
Bright, deep saturated ruby to the rim. Pungent blackberry, blueberry, minerals, licorice, bitter chocolate, graphite and violet on the nose, along with a lot of sweet oak. Dense but juicy in the mouth, with a texture like liquid velvet nicely enlivened by excellent harmonious acidity. Very concentrated, vibrant flavors of blackberry, pepper and exotic oak. Tastes almost sweet and finishes with oak-driven but suave, even tannins. Offers a major mouthful of fruit, but I'd still give this glossy wine some time to integrate its components.