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Merus Wines
2012 - Merus
750 ml.

$148.00
Maximum quantity available reached.
Product Description
WS 91
JS 90
WE 94

Country: USA

Region: Napa

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2012

Size: 750 ml.

From the start Merus proved that grand architecture or expensive tools were less crucial to fine winemaking than passion and dedication. The passion and dedication remain, but now they're supported by facilities entirely geared to production of singularly oustanding wine. 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.

SKU: 751
Winery: Merus Wines
Reviews
Wine Spectator - 91 See more...
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.
James Suckling - 90 See more...
A soft and juicy red with dried fruit and spice character. Full-bodied, round and flavorful. Drink now.
Wine Enthusiast - 94 See more...
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.

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