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Merus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004

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"An exuberant expression of Cabernet, displaying optimal ripeness and rich, fleshy currant, black cherry and wild berry fruit that is elegant and polished for its size." 96ptsJL 2004 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon California Wine The home property of the successful husband and wife team of winemaking guru Mark Herold and his graphic designer wife, Erika Gottl, Merus has produced a blockbuster 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon. These cuvees are made from super-ripe fruit, spend 18-20 months in 100% new French oak (usually Taransaud), and are bottled without fining or filtration. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot and Malbec, the full-bodied, dense 2004 offers notes of blackberries, blueberries, espresso roast, and smoky oak, a super-rich mouthfeel, good freshness and purity, and enough acidity and tannin to provide structure as well as definition. It will be delicious young, but should become more civilized in 4-5 years, and keep for two decades. The flagship estate of Mark Herold and his wife, Erika Gottl, Merus produced 750 cases of the 2003, and there will probably be even less of the 2004. This cuvee admirably showcases Herold's winemaking philosophy as well as skills - late harvesting, super-ripe fruit, aging in 100% new French barrels (usually Taransaud), and bottling without fining or filtration after 18-20 months of cellaring. It's a philosophy built on patience as well as labor. Herold's success with such new projects as Buccella, Hestan Vineyards, Harris Estate, and Kamen is further evidence that the man knows what to do in the vineyard and the winery. Wine Advocate #168 (Dec 2006) 94ptsRP

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Merus began as the quintessential “garage wine,” made by Merus founders Erika J. Gottl and Mark Herold in the two-car garage behind their home in the town of Napa. The wine won international renown starting with its first vintage in 1998, but the garage imposed serious limitations. The very hands-on Merus winemaking regimen was cramped by lack of space, wine storage had to be outsourced, and le... Read more
Merus began as the quintessential “garage wine,” made by Merus founders Erika J. Gottl and Mark Herold in the two-car garage behind their home in the town of Napa. The wine won international renown starting with its first vintage in 1998, but the garage imposed serious limitations. The very hands-on Merus winemaking regimen was cramped by lack of space, wine storage had to be outsourced, and legal restrictions barred visitors or tastings. When William Foley brought Merus into his Foley Family Wines group at the end of 2007, one of his first goals was to find a Napa Valley winery site worthy of the brand. A few months later he acquired a historic ranch tucked into a canyon on the east side of the valley. One of Napa’s fabled “ghost wineries,” it had been abandoned in the wake of Prohibition and only recently brought back to life. Now the fully updated winery includes custom-made winemaking equipment and 7,000 square feet of caves for barrel storage. The winery’s new tasting salon and a second tasting area in the caves were stunningly renovated by Merus co-founder Erika Gottl’s Amsterdam-based UXUS design consultancy. Because our production is so restricted, the winery and its tasting salon are closed to the general public and may only be visited by invitation. Read less
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Source: Epic Cellars
02/09/2011

The home property of the successful husband and wife team of winemaking guru Mark Herold and his graphic designer wife, Erika Gottl, Merus has produced a blockbuster 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon. These cuvees are made from super-ripe fruit, spend 18-20 months in 100% new French oak (usually Taransaud), and are bottled without fining or filtration. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot and Malbec, the full-bodied, dense 2004 offers notes of blackberries, blueberries, espresso roast, and smoky oak, a super-rich mouthfeel, good freshness and purity, and enough acidity and tannin to provide structure as well as definition. It will be delicious young, but should become more civilized in 4-5 years, and keep for two decades


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/22/2009

This is a heavy wine, which is clearly evidenced by the thick black core, barely encircled by a dense ruby red rim. Sweet dark fruit aromas - plum and cassis - jump from the glass first, followed by sweet cedar, lilac and violet. The fruity, floral c... Mike Supple. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml



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"An exuberant expression of Cabernet, displaying optimal ripeness and rich, fleshy currant, black cherry and wild berry fruit that is elegant and polished for its size." 96ptsJL 2004 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon California Wine The home property of the successful husband and wife team of winemaking guru Mark Herold and his graphic designer wife, Erika Gottl, Merus has produced a blockbuster 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon. These cuvees are made from super-ripe fruit, spend 18-20 months in 100% new French oak (usually Taransaud), and are bottled without fining or filtration. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot and Malbec, the full-bodied, dense 2004 offers notes of blackberries, blueberries, espresso roast, and smoky oak, a super-rich mouthfeel, good freshness and purity, and enough acidity and tannin to provide structure as well as definition. It will be delicious young, but should become more civilized in 4-5 years, and keep for two decades. The flagship estate of Mark Herold and his wife, Erika Gottl, Merus produced 750 cases of the 2003, and there will probably be even less of the 2004. This cuvee admirably showcases Herold's winemaking philosophy as well as skills - late harvesting, super-ripe fruit, aging in 100% new French barrels (usually Taransaud), and bottling without fining or filtration after 18-20 months of cellaring. It's a philosophy built on patience as well as labor. Herold's success with such new projects as Buccella, Hestan Vineyards, Harris Estate, and Kamen is further evidence that the man knows what to do in the vineyard and the winery. Wine Advocate #168 (Dec 2006) 94ptsRP

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