27 June, 2012
Super Napan! David Arthur's "Meritaggio"
"A bottled fusion of California and Tuscany"
Perhaps you are familiar with the term "Super Tuscan" which refers to Sangiovese-based wines blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals made by Tuscan wineries. Perhaps you are familiar with the names Gaja, Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Sondraia? They make premium, high-end Super Tuscans that are age-worthy, collectable and that will cost you a very pretty centavo. They are beautiful wines.
This type of blend is being done in Napa but, of course, they do things just the opposite by blending a small amount of Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon.
David Arthur 2008 Meritaggio Napa Valley
18% Sangiovese was blended with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon along with a bit of Petite Verdot and Cab Franc. The Sangiovese adds acidity to the fruit and tannic structure of the Cab making it a very food friendly Napa Cab. This wine has lots of red fruit and herbal notes with a silky, velvety texture. It is plain luscious.
Winemaker: Nile Zacherle $55
When you are ready to spend a pretty penny I recommend a visit to David Arthur and they are located on Pritchard Hill which neighbors Lake Hennesey and is very close to Chapellet. Talk about premium Napa Cabs...By appointment only. Go to www.davidarthur.com
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