The secret is Sangiovese, the grape used in the world’s best Brunello’s. First, David Arthur takes the four varietals found in a traditional Bordeaux is a blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot. Second, they add Sangiovese which is known for beautiful fruit and earth flavors, strawberry, cherry, soil and savory notes like mushroom and grilled meats. Best from 2014 – 2025 this is robust, complex and flavorful.
Italy meets California meets Bordeaux. Meritaggio is the brilliant result of four classic Bordeaux varietals and one classic Italian varietal. Robust, complex and can be cellared for another 10-15 years. 804 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.)
Dark ruby red wine is bright with aromas of bramble red fruits, cherry, plum, and cassis. Layered expertly with earth tones – bay leaf and tobacco. The palate is focused and concentrated in the mid-palate and finished with a polished, fine grain tannin.