The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Malbec and Petit Verdot) boasts an inky/purple color along with a rich bouquet of creosote, blueberries, blackberries, sweet earth, and smoky, spicy oak. With full body, abundant fruit, glycerin, and sweet tannin, a multilayered mouthfeel, and stunning upside potential, it is accessible enough to be drunk in 2-3 years, or cellared for two decades. The flagship estate of Mark Herold and his wife, Erika Gottl, Merus produced 750 cases of the 2003, and there will probably be even less of the 2004. This cuvee admirably showcases Herold’s winemaking philosophy as well as skills - late harvesting, super-ripe fruit, aging in 100% new French barrels (usually Taransaud), and bottling without fining or filtration after 18-20 months of cellaring. It’s a philosophy built on patience as well as labor. Herold’s success with such new projects as Buccella, Hestan Vineyards, Harris Estate, and Kamen is further evidence that the man knows what to do in the vineyard and the winery.
Deep ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, sweet butter and loam. Sweet, lush and sappy, with black cherry and graphite flavors offering very good definition and lift. Offers compelling sweetness and an almost liqueur-like ripeness, but this is more than simply a fruit bomb. Finishes with substantial ripe, broad tannins.
Complex and at a good drinking stage, with fresh, juicy blackberry, black licorice, cedar and tobacco notes, ending with a push of plump, elegant fruit.--2003 California Cabernet blind retrospective (July 2013). Drink now through 2024. (Web Only-2013)
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