2003 Merus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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. (ST)
Very complete and harmonious, with rich, extracted yet polished currant, wild berry and blackberry flavors that are supple and focused. Shows plenty of depth and concentration. The tannins need time to settle, but it's all there.