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2013 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon

93 Points - Robert Parker
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$160.00
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SKU: 005213

Intensely generous aromatics from the Coombsville AVA presents bottomless shades of Blackberry, Cassis with elevated mineral tones of river rock and tobacco alongside Turkish coffee and cedar lured from the barrel.

93 Points93 Points
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

March 2016
“...a relatively big, robust, rich Cabernet Sauvignon (15.2% alcohol) with a dense ruby/purple color, creamy, toasty oak. Loads of blueberry and blackberry fruit and an opaque purple color, this full-bodied wine is still young, but really savory, rich and bold. What it lacks in complexity it makes up in size and intensity. Drink it over the next 15 or so years”

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
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Enthusiast - The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a relatively big, robust, rich Cabernet Sauvignon (15.2% alcohol) with a dense ruby/purple color, creamy, toasty oak. Loads of blueberry and blackberry fruit and an opaque purple color, this full-bodied wine is still young, but really savory, rich and bold. What it lacks in complexity it makes up in size and intensity. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.
Winemaker Notes
By looking at its saturated purple-black color, you can tell immediately that the 2013 Merus is a powerhouse of a wine. The 2013 is a dark, meaty, fruit-saturated, syrupy mouthful, with swarming aromas of blackberry, crushed violet and beef fat. The mouth follows suit with a powerful entrance of dark fruit. Since it is bone-dry and was fermented at low temperatures, this is an absolute reflection of the strength of the vineyard, the beauty of whole berry fermentation, and the synergies that can occur between wine and wood. 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. Decant for at least one hour in advance for maximum pleasure.
Food Pairing Notes
Grilled Coffee Rubbed Rib Eye Steak With Sweet Potato Mousseline, Baby Turnip Confit …is amazing together with the depth of this extremely concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon - Blackberries, savory herbs and cocoa coats the tongue as it moistens the coffee rub virtually tenderizing the Rib Eye- together with dusty tannins as its cutting through the fattiness of the steak…
Composition
94% Cabernet Sauvignon (Coombsville), 6% Petit Verdot (Yountville)
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Aging
25 months in 100% new oak
Alcohol %
14.8
Robert Parker
93
Vineyard Notes
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.

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