*David Arthur Merlot
David Arthur Merlot, Rutherford, USA
Our Merlot, grown in our estate vineyards high on Pritchard Hill, has always shown potential. With its rich and silky pallet, it has always deserved to be more than just a blending tool for Cabernet. When we have a particularly outstanding vintage, we bottle our Merlot with its very own label.
The origins of David Arthur Vineyards and the Long Family Ranch date back to when the Long family started visiting the Napa Valley in the 1950’s. Don Long, a butcher by trade owned a small grocery store in Portola Valley, near Stanford University and had long been interested in the California wine country. With a keen eye for business opportunities, Don began steadily investing in Napa Valley real estate leading to the acquisition of nearly 1,000 acres atop Pritchard Hill in St. Helena, California. Don’s youngest son, David Arthur, founded the winery with his then wife, Joye Dale, in 1985 with the purchase of 30 French oak barrels. David and Joye’s daughter, Laura Long, now works side by side with her father running the day-to-day operations of the winery and vineyards.