David Arthur 2010 Meritaggio
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Sangiovese, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot | Alc: 15.1% – Big and Bold
The David Arthur Estate is located high on Pritchard Hill, on the eastern side of the Napa Valley. The rough mountain terrain and rocky red soils provide ideal growing conditions for wine grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1978, Donald Long and his 28 year old son David founded the winery. Wanting to fulfill his desire of producing a fine Meritage blend, David set out to find clones of the five classic Bordeaux varietals.
On his travels, he came across Sangiovese, which stole the spotlight from any Malbec he had ever tasted. Bob had the brilliant idea to name the wine “Meritaggio” in honor of Sangiovese’s Italian Heritage. A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Sangiovese, 6% Merlot, 3% Petite Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, this densely colored dark ruby red wine is packed with complex aromas beginning with baked cherry, plum and cassis. It also exhibits light layers of earth, warm sage, mint and tobacco. The palate is layered with baked fruit cake, wild currants, and blackberries with a long firm tannin finish and the persistence of Sangiovese texture.
“David Arthur’s 2010 Red Wine Meritaggio Estate is drop-dead gorgeous. Juicy dark cherries, flowers, menthol and violets burst from the glass. The 2010 has quite a bit more freshness and vibrancy than the 2009. The darker tonality of fruit and overall structure here are simply compelling. This is a fabulous showing. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.
I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted at David Arthur this year. Winemaker Nile Zacherle has done a brilliant job with these new and upcoming releases. The David Arthur style is all about richness without excess heaviness.” 93 Pts – Antonio Galloni / Wine Advocate
“Good deep red-ruby color. Distinctly dark aromas of blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate, with a slightly rustic whiff of leather. Juicy and nicely delineated, with sound acidity intensifying the flavors of dark berries and bitter chocolate. This pliant but firm wine finishes with dusty, minerally tannins and little obvious sign of the 15+% alcohol.” 95 Pts – Stephen Tanzer’s IWC
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