2015 David Arthur Meritaggio
Tasting Notes: The 2015 Meritaggio has a dense, dark ruby violet color that shows off a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of baked cassis and plum as well as cocoa nibs, cedar and earth tones. The palate is lush and full-bodied while framed with Sangiovese’s acidity, candied strawberry and red cherry leading to a long savory finish.
Vintner Notes: In 1976, David Long’s father disclosed that he had purchased 1000 acres of land in the Napa Valley. Pritchard Hill, where the Long’s bought their parcels, was dotted with cattle ranches at the time. Today, it’s world-famous for wine. Though David began his career as a restauranteur in Boulder, Colorado, the revelation of his family’s Napa property sent him in a new direction. He cleared the land, built a barn and planted vines. He learned about viticulture and oenology through internships at Chappellet, Joseph Phelps and Schramsberg, and took classes at UC Davis. And in 1985, the year his daughter Laura was born, he released his inaugural vintage of David Arthur wine. David and Laura now work side by side in the original barn, sharing the responsibility of running the day-to-day operations of the winery and vineyards. With the help of a talented team, including winemaker Nile Zacherle (previously of Barnett Vineyards and Chateau Montelena), the Longs hand craft exceptional quality, limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blends, Rosé and Chardonnay.