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ARTHUR 11 MERITAGGIO
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Bottle Size: 750ml
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DAVID ARTHUR 2011 PROPRIETARY RED "MERITAGGIO" NAPA VALLEY 750mL

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 began the epic job of building roads, clearing land and finally planting wine grapes. Although David lacked a formal viticultural education, he learned hands-on by working in the vineyards and cellars of local wineries such as the Chappellet and Joseph Phelps. The first vintage of Chardonnay was harvested in 1985, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon in the nineties. A s his experience and knowledge of the land grew, David learned the ability of these hills to grow the very finest wine grapes. Today, with the help of a highly insightful team, David Arthur continues to cultivate rich concentrated wine grapes that in turn help them craft distinctive and memorable wines.

Meritaggio is the brainchild of the Long brothers. 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 brilliance to name the wine “Meritaggio” in honor of Sangiovese’s Italian Heritage. This dark ruby red wine blend is bright with aromas of bramble red fruits, baked cherry plum and cassis, then layers of earth toneswild sage- bay leaf and tobacco. The palate is focused and concentrated in the middle palate layered with baked fruit cake, black tea and spicy pepper notes, and then finishes with polished-fine grain tannin.

"David Arthur's 2011 Meritaggio Estate is pretty, soft and delicate. Dark red cherry, plum, cinnamon and violets all flesh out in an understated, perfumed wine with lovely length and balance. Sweet tobacco, rosemary and mint appear later, adding complexity. The 2011 was made with the lowest percentage ever of Sangiovese, as David Arthur is re-working the lineup a bit using valley floor Sangiovese in the blend, thereby freeing up estate fruit for the Sangiovese bottling. The blend is 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Sangiovese, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot." -Antonio Galloni
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