92 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 percent Malbec, 2 percent Merlot, 2 percent Petit Verdot

Vintage 2011 presented numerous challenges because of the cool and damp late-season weather. The bulk of Merus comes from a single well-chosen Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard site in the Coombsville A.V.A of the Napa Valley. This is one of the coolest sites in the Napa Valley which allows the vines to remain viable and active into November. What it also has going for it under challenging conditions is very well-draining soil (volcanic strewn with river cobble), early morning sunshine due to the gentle eastern aspect, and daily afternoon breezes.

Pre-blends for the 2011 Merus were assembled in September of 2012. In spring of 2013, another rigorous barrel selection was performed which winnowed the total down to 25 barrels. At this stage, the wine was very backward in its development and needed the inclusion of some of the other varieties and an aerated racking to wake it up. While the racking brought the wine closer to its final desired balance, we decided to hold the wine over the next harvest to give it a bit more time in barrel. (This is often required of very cool vintage wines). Prior to its bottling in February of 2014, it was given a modest egg-whitening to round out the finish, and it was bottled unfiltered. The resulting wine is loaded with true varietal flavors and extract and shows off the vintage in the best possible way. Because of careful selection in the vineyard and cellar over several years, the 2011 Merus has a fruit purity uncommon for the vintage.

944 Cases Produced

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