Merus Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

Price: $279.00
Item No. 120939
  • WS93
  • RP93
  • ST93
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.3%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • WS96
  • 2003
  • WS91
  • 2002
  • WS96
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Winemaker's Notes

2008 represents our eleventh vintage of Merus. The 2008 Merus is opulent, juicy and approachable with subtle tannins lurking below the surface. The aromas are emblematic of Coombsville ripe blueberries, blackberries, anise cedar, cassis and wet granite. The lush, thick palate is backed by balancing acids that impact structure and elegance to the wine. While drinking beautifully now, the 2008 Merus has the depth and concentration to expand and evolve over the next five to ten years.

Blend: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Malbec and Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

"Bold, rich and smoky, a big, expressive wine that's elegant and graceful, with mixed dark fruits, roasted herb, black licorice and mineral. Ends with a long, layered finish that highlights the berry and mineral. Drink now through 2022."
93 Points

"Patience, patience, and more patience is mandated by the 2008. A blend of 99% Cabernet Sauvignon, .5% Malbec and .5% Petit Verdot reveals an opaque blue/purple color in addition to abundant graphite, vanillin, blueberry and blackberry aromas. Built for the long haul, it is a concentrated, dense, promising Cabernet along the lines of the great wines made at Merus since its founding by Mark Herold (who is now pursuing other projects). Give it 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years.
Raging 93+"
93 Points

"Bright, deep saturated ruby to the rim. Pungent blackberry, blueberry, minerals, licorice, bitter chocolate, graphite and violet on the nose, along with a lot of sweet oak. Dense but juicy in the mouth, with a texture like liquid velvet nicely enlivened by excellent harmonious acidity. Very concentrated, vibrant flavors of blackberry, pepper and exotic oak. Tastes almost sweet and finishes with oak-driven but suave, even tannins. Offers a major mouthful of fruit, but I'd still give this glossy wine some time to integrate its components.
Rating: 93(+?)"
93 Points

Learn About Merus Map ItMap It

Merus is a small, ultra luxury wine brand in the Napa Valley that creates highly-coveted wine in small quantities. Hand-made, using the finest techniques and processes, this wine has been rated as one of the country's top Cabernet Sauvignons. Merus was started in 1998 with the mission of producing handcrafted wine of uncompromising quality and distinction. Their objective is...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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