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2005 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery: Merus

Vintage: 2005

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Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petite Verdot, & 2% Malbec

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $135

Cases produced: 1,013

KWG Score: 96 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: December 3, 2009

Wine Review: This opaque black colored Cab finished in 4th place in our blind tasting of High End Reds. This big boy opens with a fragrant black currant like bouquet with hints of plum, nutmeg, and oak. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, dense, extremely well balanced, and smooth as silk. The flavor profile is a delicious blend of black raspberry, tobacco, bacon, and menthol. The finish is very dry and its enormous tannins stick with you for minutes. This hedonistic wine would pair well with a filet mignon with Hollandaise sauce in 5 years. If you want it now, we suggest decanting. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The 2005 Merus is dense purple-colored to the rim, with an exquisite nose of charcoal, graphite, and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied, with great power, richness, and sensational length, this wine will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle-age and last three decades.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Merus 2005 Cabernet.

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