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Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
  • ST 92
  • RP 92
  • CG 91
  • WS 91
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Winemaker Notes

The 2006 Merus is deep inky purple in color with intense aromas of black cherries, layered with exotic spice, hints of cinnamon, mocha, dark chocolate, cassis and blackberries. In the mouth, the entry possesses tremendous intensity and a massive palate impression. Mouth coating flavors with an abundance of dark cherry fruit on the opening followed by dark dense fruit, dark chocolate and exotic spices together with abundant velvety tannins, gives this wine its structure and rich multi-layered texture. This... View More

Critical Acclaim

ST 92
International Wine Cellar

Saturated ruby. Dusty black raspberry, blackberry, spices and licorice pastille on the nose, with hints of meat, dark chocolate and eucalyptus. Less sweet and harmonious than the young 2007 sample, showing a rather tightly wound quality and a medicinal aspect to its dark fruit flavors. Finishes with serious, even somewhat tough tannins. In a disjointed stage now and in need of patience.
92(+?) Points

RP 92
The Wine Advocate

Although closed at present, Merus’ inky/purple-colored 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon displays enormous power and richness. It is a massive, blockbuster-styled effort possessing black fruits, plenty of spicy oak, hints of licorice and graphite, and mouth-staining tannins and extract in the finish. Forget it for 4-5 years, and drink it over the following 20-25.
92+ Points

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CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide

While there is no arguing with the fact that this is a very ripe, very big, very obvious wine, there is so much richness and deep fruit at its heart that only those burdened by bleakly unbending anti-ripeness agendas will find it less than outstanding. Its layered aromas of ripe currants, cigar box and cream give way to opulent, mouthfilling flavors whose combination of fruit and rich spices power past its considerable tannins. A wine meant for keeping, it should be set aside for five or six years with the promise of a decade or more of growth.

WS 91
Wine Spectator

Intense and rustic, with chewy mineral, anise, dried currant and earth notes. Full-bodied, this is concentrated and long on the finish, but needs time to soften. Best from 2011 through 2017. 1,200 cases made.

Merus, , California
Merus is a small, ultra luxury wine brand in the Napa Valley that creates highly-coveted wine in small quantities. Hand-made, using the finest techniques and processes, this wine has been rated as one of the country's top Cabernet Sauvignons.

Merus was started in 1998 with the mission of producing handcrafted wine of uncompromising quality and distinction. Their objective is to produce small amounts of age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Stags Leap,... View More