98 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 percent Petit Verdot. 865 cases were made.
A heat wave in September and perfect ripening weather in October allowed the kind of long hang-time typical of the greatest Napa Valley vintages. The wine is plush and forward, “a brawny but impeccably pure expression of this varietal,” according to Robert Parker, that “may well be Merus’ finest effort to date.”
Wine Advocate #201 Jun 2012 Robert Parker 94+ Drink: 2012-2032 $145-$245
This wine has tightened down considerably since I first had it, which surprised me. Its dense opaque bluish/purple color offers up notes of charred wood and barbecue smoke as well as oodles of blackberry jam, licorice, and camphor. Some graphite also makes an impression in this full-bodied, massive and muscular, yet impressively built and multi-dimensional Cabernet Sauvignon. This cross-valley blend has turned out exceptionally well, but it is still a good 4-5 years away from full maturity, where it should stay for 15-20 years.