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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Color: Dark Ruby.
Aroma: Layers of cola, root beer, vanilla and mocha.
Taste: Ripe cherry flavors are held together with big, grippy tannins that fill the palate.
"There was a time when Markham Merlots were about as good as it got in mid-priced versions of the grape. Changes of owner and winemaker found the wine faltering, but, in this vintage, the winery has got it right. Its caramelly oak overlay and its likeable fruit start its aromas out nicely, and the progression in the mouth from supple to firm is well-supported by that fruit. Enjoy it now or in a few years."
In 1972, Bruce Markham arrived in Napa Valley with the dream of starting a winery. Intent on crafting world-class wines for years to come, he purchased the little jewels that are still the Markham vineyards today. He was a pioneer in what is now the very heart of Napa, buying premium vineyard land before many understood the tremendous potential the valley offered for producing fine...Read More About Markham
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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