91 Points- Stephen Tanzer
"73% cabernet sauvignon, 18% sangiovese, 7% petit vedot and 2% cabernet franc): Good deep ruby-red. Pungent aromas of blackberrry, black cherry, plum, minerals and flowers. Supple and aromatic in the mouth, with notes of strawberry and sour cherry that reminded me as much of claret as sangiovese. This juicy, attractive wine is very easy to drink."- Stephen Tanzer
A sublime combination of Super-Tuscan style and Napa personality, this wine is flat out luscious. Donning the same cape as Super-Tuscan super heroes (think Gaia and Ornellaia), this premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese blend adds acidity to the tannic structure of Cab creating a silky, velvety wine.
Meritaggio is the brainchild of David Arthur Long who, in his mission to produce a fine Bordeaux style blend, was astounded by the beauty of Sangiovese. Guided by the Super-Tuscan movement, he blended his Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was christened “Meritaggio” in honor of its outstanding quality and French-Italian heritage.
David Arthur Vineyards sits high on Pritchard Hill in eastern Napa. Since their first vintage in 1985 David Arthur has become an icon in Napa Valley, known for producing beautiful, classically styled wines that capture the ruggedness of Pritchard Hill.
18% Sangiovese blended with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon rounded out with Petite Verdot and Cab Franc.
93 Points – James Suckling
91 Points – Stephen Tanzer
90 Points – Wine Enthusiast
“New oak dominates this wine, giving it aromas of toast and vanilla. After decanting, the air brings out interesting notes of dried herbs and blackberries. Tastes very rich and flamboyant, almost sweet, like a chocolate berry pastry, and should develop over the next few years. Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.”
Meritaggio is the brainchild of the Long family. Wanting to fulfill his desire of producing a fine blend, David Arthur Long set out to find clones of the five classic red Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. After many trials, he came across the Tuscan varietal Sangiovese, which stole the spotlight from all the Malbec he had tasted. The resulting blend was christened, “Meritaggio,” in honor of its outstanding quality and French Italian heritage.
The origins of David Arthur Vineyards and the Long Family Ranch date back to when the Long family started visiting the Napa Valley in the 1950’s. Don Long, a butcher by trade owned a small grocery store in Portola Valley, near Stanford University and had long been interested in the California wine country. With a keen eye for business opportunities, Don began steadily investing in Napa Valley real estate leading to the acquisition of nearly 1,000 acres atop Pritchard Hill.
The winery and estate vineyards are located on the initial Long Family Ranch parcel Don purchased in the 1960’s.
Great combined with all kind of grilled meats, games and cheeses.