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2016 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville

2016 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville

96 Points - Wine Spectator
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SKU: 005305

Powerful, dark, meaty, fruit-saturated, syrupy, mouthful of a wine. The 100% new French oak aging provides structure and subtle vanilla hints on the finish.


96 Points Wine Spectator - A towering young wine, laden with gorgeously pure plum, boysenberry and blackberry puree flavors, showing flashes of violet and apple wood. Beautifully rendered, with power, grace and beguiling perfume throughout, revealing a long, refined structure through the finish. Best from 2021 through 2035. 1,900 cases made. — JM

Winemaker Notes

Vintage 2016 gave us yet another beautiful vintage in the Napa Valley. This following the fabulous vintages of 2012-2015. Marked by a few late-season heat spells, the wines are as opulent as the 2012's, with the concentration of the 2014s. Rather than crushing and fermenting at 95+ degrees with commercial yeast strains to maximize extraction, Merus is fermented with primarily whole berries at 75 degrees using 100% indigenous yeast. Cooler whole berry fermentations retain more esters specific to the variety and vineyard and allow the yeast to remain viable to absolute dryness.


86% Cabernet Sauvignon (Coombsville), 14% Petit Verdot (Yountville)

Wine Specs

Cabernet Sauvignon
26 Months in 100% new French oak
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