Overview of the Wine
Merus was a labor of love that Mark started in 1998—a Cult Cabernet Sauvignon that he made in his garage in downtown Napa. His first vintage was extremely challenging weather wise as well as having limited access to equipment. Aside from all the challenges the 1998 Merus received 93 points from Robert Parker. Mark started his consulting business soon after with a client list that has included Hestan, Kamen, Harris, Buccella, Kobalt, Celani Family Vineyards, Maze and The Vineyardist. Mark is a Taurus and his favorite food is Sushi.
Uboldi Vineyard is the home of our Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Musque. The vineyard sits cradled in the cool, stony, western slopes of Sonoma on the southern edge of Kenwood. Farmed by famed grower, Chuy Ordaz, who got his start in the early 1970’s in Kenwood. Chuy has been a champion of sustainable farming long before there were certifications for this type of environmental awareness.
Enjoying a long-time friendship and mutual respect, Mark was able to work with Uboldi Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Musque at a time when growers are replanting over to Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit grown here enjoys a cooler climate with moderate hang-time resulting in powerfully aromatic, balanced wines that possesses beautiful acidity.
For those that know him, Mark Herold is a larger than life, exuberant person who lives with gusto and possesses a depth of interest and lust for life that tis contagious to those around him. His wines embody that same spirit!
This Herold Chardonnay is made with grapes from the Sonoma Mountain District in Sonoma.
Grape / Blend
Extremely fragrant with honeyed pineapple, Bosc pear skin, with a hint of grilled almonds. This exotic Chardonnay delivers full flavors of toasted brioche and apple blossoms, forming a rich textured palate embraced with perfect acidity. Graceful and sexy, the wine has an everlasting finish..
90 Points - Stephen Tanzer
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93 Points - Wine Advocate
92 Points - Ian Blackburn
About the Producer
Mark Herold found his curiosity for wine through his love for food and cooking during his teenage years. Initially planning to study culinary arts in Paris, Mark eventually decided on a domestic education. Having many interests and many declared majors, it took him eight years to complete his under-graduate studies- yet collecting wine all along. Deciding to advance his education, he completed his academic career at the University of Davis with a Ph.D. in Ecology emphasizing nutritional bio-chemistry.
While at UC Davis, his curiosity for wine was nurtured by a fellow wine enthusiast, who happened to be his bio-chemistry professor and owned his own winery in the Sierra Foothills. It took one volunteer harvest for Mark to become completely enthralled with the process. Mark’s ever-present thirst fr knowledge led him down a career path as a winemaker; combining both his love of science and art.
Mark’s enthusiasm for making wine took on a life of its own leading to the creation of Merus in 1998; his personal Cabernet label. Being made in his home garage in downtown Napa, this project was a labor of love. After selling Merus, Mark continues his quest for making delicious, balanced, age-worthy wines at MHW.
Product size: 750ml