Markham Merlot

A true blend of Napa Valley vineyards!  Markham's Estate vineyards provide the backbone for the blend, totaling almost 70% of this bottling.  Merlot from Oak Knoll gives sour cherry character, while the Yountville components provide the classic Bing cherry aromas and flavors for which our Merlot is known.  The jammy notes come from blending in warmer up-valley fruit from Calistoga vineyards. 
 
Much care is taken to maximze the filtered light and allow the Merlot to hang freely within the canopy during harvest.  This allows the fruit to mature and color evenly, leaving any vegetal hints behind.  The wines are sent to barrels as individual lots to matrue, allowing for greater understanding the direct impact of our viticultural and fermentation practices each vintage.

Profile: 

Color: Dark Ruby
Aroma: Intense floral notes of both Tahitian vanilla and ripe, boysenberry fruit
Taste: Wonderful vanilla, roasted nut and caramel oak flavors truly complement all the beautiful, rich cherry fruit.

Varietal: 

96% Merlot
3% Cabernet Sauvignon
1% Petite Sirah

Fermentation: 

11 days of skin contact
100% Stainless Steel fermented

Aging: 

18 months barrel aged in 31% new oak.