The 2007 Merus is a deep, saturated garnet in color, with intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry, currant, cedar, and graphite. In the mouth it is rich, seamless, and expansive, layered yet clean and clearly focused. An abundance of black fruit and exotic spice is carried by silken tannins to a long, almost endless finish. Despite its power and concentration, it is very accessible now in its youth, but it has the structure and balance to age beautifully for a decade or even two.
99 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 percent Malbec and Petit Verdot. 1,378 cases were made. From the start Merus proved that grand architecture or expensive tools were less crucial to fine winemaking than passion and dedication. The passion and dedication remain, but now they're supported by facilities entirely geared to production of singularly oustanding wine. Merus began as the quintessential “garage wine,” made by Merus founders Erika J. Gottl and Mark Herold in the two-car garage behind their home in the town of Napa.