Fruit is sourced from the Coombsville nested appellation, one of the coolest vineyards in Napa Valley
Aged for 25 months in 100% new Darnajou French oak barrels
Small lot fermentations and vigilant lot selections create a wine that is distinct and elegant
95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, this wine displays the power and elegance of the nested appellation
Sourced from the Coombsville appellation, the Merus Premiere Napa Valley lot is comprised of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Merus is handmade in every sense of the word. The individual vineyards for Merus are owned by a handful of growers who possess extraordinary terroirs and a willingness to implement our strict farming and harvest protocols. Severe pruning, cluster sorting, small-lot fermentations and careful lot selection combine to create a wine that is dense, concentrated and nuanced. The bulk of Merus comes from a single well-chosen Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard site which is one of the coolest in the Napa Valley appellation. Aged in 25 months 100% new French oak, Merus is a powerhouse of a wine. It is dark, meaty, fruit-saturated and swarming with aromas of blackberry and crushed violet. This wine is an absolute reflection of the strength of the vineyard.
Wine is unfiltered
Started as an Enologist in 1986 at Robert Pecota. Then joined Acacia in 1987 where he became head Winemaker in 1992 and then became general manager/winemaker in 1997. In 2002 started at Kuleto Estate where he still works in conjunction with being winemaker at Merus, both in the Foley Family Wines portfolio.
Country born: United States
Education: Received bachelors degree in Microbiology at Oregon State. Later received masters in enology at University of California, Davis.
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
He will employ a slightly more natural approach to making the wine (e.g. more native yeast, less acidulation of the must, some cooler fermentations), and to have the wine reflect more of its nature (variety, site, vintage) rather than being overwhelmed by its nurture (winemaking).
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