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2018 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley - (1.5L Magnum)

2018 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley - (1.5L Magnum)

95 Points - Vinous Antonio Galloni & 94 Points - Wine Spectator
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$400.00
/ 1.5L Magnum
SKU: 115010

Merus is handmade in every sense of the word by winemaker Eric Baugher. 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 2018 Merus is a dark and powerful wine. Aromas of cassis and blackberry fill the nose, with undertones of vanilla bean, cedar and graphite. A full body and plush velvety tannins fill the mouth with deep flavors of saturated black fruits. Hints of vanilla and a fine grain oak texture from the 100% new French oak aging linger on the finish. Decant for one hour for maximum enjoyment.

Composition

95% Cabernet Sauvignon (Coombsville) 5% Petit Verdot (Oak Knoll)

Wine Specs

Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Aging
24 months in 100% new French oak
Alcohol %
15.5

Vineyard Notes

A goldie locks vintage; the right amount of rain fell in winter, followed by a warm, not hot, summer. These are ideal conditions for ripening Cabernet. Fall weather remained mild and dry through late October. Yields were abundant, but carefully adjusted during the season, requiring green harvest passes to thin out clusters. this resulted in balanced and uniform ripening of grapes. this made for a wine that has deep color, ripe tannins, and wonderful fruit intensity.