This year the Meritaggio is a blend of 75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from three different blocks, 15 percent Sangiovese, 5 percent Petite Verdot and 5 percent Cabernet Franc. Slowly aged in 40 percent new French oak, the wine was bottled after multiple gentle rackings and 22 months of rest. Only 885 cases were produced.
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. We have continued the Merritaggo tradition ever since, always selecting the finest of our estate varietals for the special blend each year.