I have a special place in my heart for this winery because it was quite possibly one of the greatest days of my life. I had been told “tall tales” of what a tasting experience at David Arthur would be like so with such overwhelming hype I figured I would be let down when we got there. All I can say folks…if there is any possible way you can make a trip to David Arthur Vineyards (must make an appointment) get a group of your closest friends and GO, GO, GO! I would love to tell you more…but this is one you just need to experience for yourself!
Some of you long term wine club members may be remember receiving another vintage of the David Arthur “Meritaggio” in the past. Well, with the release of the 2010 and it receiving 93 Points from Anthony Gallioni of The Wine Advocate, it just didn’t make sense to pass up!
“Meritaggio” is a the brainchild of the Long brothers who wanted to fulfill their desire of producing a fine Meritage blend of all five Bordeaux varities. In David’s (David Long aka Gene Wilder) travels to find the classic grapes he came across a Sangiovese, which stole the spotlight from any Malbec he had ever tasted. It was then and there that they decided to make a new blend called “Meritaggio” which was named in honor of Sangiovese’s Italian heritage. This wine is blended differently each year but is still 100% estate fruit!
Winery Tasting Notes:
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Sangiovese, 6% Merlot, 3% Petite Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
“This densely colored dark ruby red wine is packed with a complexity of aromas beginning with baked cherry, plum and cassis. Thin layers of earth tones- wild sage- mint and tobacco. The palate is full and concentrated in the front and middle palate. Layered withbaked fruit cake, wild currants-blackberries with a long chewy finish and a persistence of Sangiovese tannin. Best from 2014 to 2025.”
“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes:
“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.”
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