Meritaggio is the brainchild of the Long family. Wanting to fulfill his desire of producing a fine blend, David Arthur Long set out to find clones of the five classic red Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. After many trials, he came across the Tuscan varietal Sangiovese, which stole the spotlight from all the Malbec he had tasted. The resulting blend was christened, “Meritaggio,” in honor of its outstanding quality and French Italian heritage.
HARVEST DATE: September 12th, 15th, 18th, and 19th
October 1st, 9th and 11th 2014
BARREL PROGRAM: 45% New French oak
BLEND: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Petite Verdot
2% Cabernet Franc
WINE CHEMISTRY: Alc. v/v: 14.9%
CASES PRODUCED: 2,721 cases
A deep ruby red color with slightly violet edges offers bright aromas of baked cherry, plum and blackberry as well as notes of red licorice candy and black tea. The palate is soft and plush on the entry with a fleshy mid palate and fine grained tannins on finish. A clean yet light minerality on palate offers a long persistent finish. Best from 2015 to 2020.