David Arthur Meritaggio 2000
What would a ‘Meritage’ be if it showcased the Italian varietal Sangiovese? Meritaggio, of course! This Super Tuscan influenced wine showcases its Italian/French heritage, yet it proudly expresses its Napa Valley upbringing. David planted one acre of this varietal after falling in love with its brightness and vibrancy. Accessible and food friendly, this wine blends the classic Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc with the varietal that made the Chianti region of Italy famous. Order some Pappa al pomodoro and savor the pairing!
Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.
Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.