100% Cabernet Sauvignon, selection of each grape is meticulous. Only the very best are considered for their crown jewel, the Elevation 1147. Once picked, grapes are sorted by two teams, ensuring absolute perfection for every single grape that goes into the barrel.
Perfection today and for the next 20 years to come this powerful, full 100% Cabernet will age through 2035. Every year David Arthur takes the very best of the best grapes from their most prestigious vineyard high on the hilltop known as Elevation 1147. Rarely seen outside the cellar, sometimes found at auction causing a stir as prices run into the tens of thousands for a case and set new records. 539 cases produced.
In 1950, a young couple by the name of Don and Anne Long spent their weekends hiking up a hill ascending almost 1,800 feet to admire the view of the Napa Valley floor beneath. A breathtaking sight, they purchased 950 acres on that hill for $350,000. Today, known as Pritchard Hill in Napa Valley, that is not enough money to buy any land up there, but it may secure a few cases of wine. Maybe. Wine auctions for these wines at the 2014 Premiere Napa Valley Auction saw prices of up to $70,000 for 4 or 5 cases of wine!
The Longs built the David Arthur winery in 1985 and since then have commanded multiple-year-long wait lists for members to acquire a small allocation, usually three to six bottles. The name David Arthur is certainly well known, as are the names of their neighbors; Colgin, Bryant Family, Ovid, Continuum, but the location of that hill remains a well-kept secret. (Except we know exactly where it is having just come back from there last month. And, for our members we’re happy to share the location and even help you set up a tasting with them in person should you find yourself in California.)
Dense-dark, ruby color offers layers of blackberry, cassis-boysenberry, baked dark cherry with hints of lavender and sage; followed by spicy earth tones of dark chocolate powder, black tea, star anise and gamey undertones. A rich palate, textured with soft tannins woven together with earthy cedar box spice and a decadent finish.