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2012 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (1.5L Magnum)

2012 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (1.5L Magnum)

94 Points & Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast
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Dark blackberry, tarry smoke, crushed violet, and charred beef fat aromas. Once the masculine aromas escape the subtle and delicate Coombsville characteristics become apparent.

94 Points  94 Points & Cellar Selection
  Wine Enthusiast

  November 2015
 

Merus is handmade in every sense of the word. It is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coombsville Viticultural Appellation in the Southeastern corner of the Napa Valley. The individual vineyards selected for Merus are owned by a handful of serious growers who possess extraordinary terroirs and a willingness to implement our strict farming and harvesting protocols. Severe pruning, cluster sorting, small-lot fermentations and careful lot selection combine to create a wine that is dense, concentrated and nuanced.  The bulk of Merus comes from a single well-chosen Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard site in the Coombsville A.V.A of the Napa Valley. This is one of the coolest sites in the Napa Valley which allows the vines to remain viable and active into November. What it also has going for it under challenging conditions is very well-draining soil (volcanic strewn with river cobble), early morning sunshine due to the gentle eastern aspect, and daily afternoon breezes.

Ratings
94 Points & Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast. From winemakers Dave Lattin and David Ramey, this tremendous wine is sourced from both Coombsville and Yountville, with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot in the blend, the latter from Soda Canyon. Smoky cigar, tar and meat direct the nose, atop concentrated, dark, brooding fruit and leathery tannins. Cellar through 2020. Cellar Selection. —V.B.; 91 Points - Wine Spectator. A taut, gutsy effort. While the core of dark berry, earth, cedar and tobacco is chewy, the tannins are not to be minimized. Finishes with plum and black cherry details. Drink now through 2028. 931 cases made. - JL; 91 points - James Suckling.
Winemaker Notes
By looking at its saturated purple-black color, you can tell immediately that the 2012 Merus is a powerhouse of a wine. With even a little air, dark blackberry, tarry smoke, crushed violet, and charred beef fat aromas emerge. Once the masculine aromas escape the more subtle and delicate Coombsville characteristics become apparent, i.e. aromas of fresh black currant, sweet bramble vine, and cool wet stones. The mouth follows suit as it enters first with a thickness and a black fruit sweetness that one would expect from the initial aroma. Typical to its Coombsville pedigree, it never feels heavy as it fills every corner of your mouth. The 100% new oak provides structure and a pleasing toastiness but doesn’t overwhelm. This wine is still a baby and a bit disjointed as are many 2012s. With even a few more months in the bottle, it should become seamless and even more rich.
Composition
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 3% Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Coombsville
Aging
26 months in 100% new French oak from selected coopers
Alcohol %
15.2
Wine Spectator
91
Wine Enthusiast
94
Production Notes
Merus is handmade in every sense of the word. It is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coombsville Viticultural Appellation in the Southeastern corner of the Napa Valley. The individual vineyards selected for Merus are owned by a handful of serious growers who possess extraordinary terroirs and a willingness to implement our strict farming and harvesting protocols. Severe pruning, cluster sorting, small-lot fermentations and careful lot selection combine to create a wine that is dense, concentrated and nuanced. The bulk of Merus comes from a single well-chosen Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard site in the Coombsville A.V.A of the Napa Valley. This is one of the coolest sites in the Napa Valley which allows the vines to remain viable and active into November. What it also has going for it under challenging conditions is very well-draining soil (volcanic strewn with river cobble), early morning sunshine due to the gentle eastern aspect, and daily afternoon breezes.