Merus Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.1%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
Dark, layered and complex are the leading descriptors for the 2009 Cabernet. The wine is vibrant and focused with dollops of black licorice, brown tobacco, exotic tree essence, black and red fruits, cassis and minerals. Thee wine's thick texture and intense fruit flavors overshadow the well-integrated tannins.
"This is marked by hard tannins and acidity, bearing blackberry, dark chocolate and mineral flavors, with a smoky oak note that is unintegrated with the other components. Will it age? There's a purity to the core that strongly suggests it will. Hold it until 2017, and it could develop bottle nuance well beyond that."
"Intense and concentrated, with a rich array of dark berry built around currant, blackberry, mineral, cedar and spice. Most impressive on the finish, where the flavors push through in style. Best from 2014 through 2028."
"Bright, saturated ruby-red. Deep aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, cola, chocolate, minerals and spicy oak. Dense, concentrated and sweet, with an almost confectionery quality to the chocolatey dark fruit flavors. A strong spine of tannins gives this very rich cabernet plenty of support. Finishes with powerful fruit and palate-staining length. I would probably opt to enjoy this wine over the next seven or eight years, for its youthful fruit."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon flows across the palate with dark berries, espresso, mocha, grilled herbs and sweet spices, all of which come together in a soft, sumptuous style that is very appealing. Ripe, silky tannins typical of the vintage support the fruit all the way through to the long, generous finish. The 2009 spent 18 months in French oak barrels and is the first vintage made with the consulting services of Paul Hobbs. This is a terrific showing from Merus. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
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