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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Markham Merlot 2005
Markham Merlot 2005
(search item no. 96839)

PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 93% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc.

What this wine lacks in age, it more than makes up for in youthful exuberance. Cola, vanilla and cherry jam aromas are most prominent, but layers of toffee, toast and rasberry fruit really create excitement. Fleshy plum flavors are rounded out with velvety tannins and a wonderful creamy texture.

Enjoy now and take advantage of this Merlot's ability to be enjoyed in its youth or hold to allow the more intriguing layers to develop and show more complexity.

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About Markham Vineyards:

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 wines. He also purchased a winery. Originally established by Jean Laurent, the Markham winery dates back to 1879. As one of the founders of Napa winemaking and viticulture, Markham Vineyards takes great pride in its legacy of exceptional mountains and magnificent vineyards, Markham's winery has the distinction of being the fourth oldest continuously operated winery in Napa County.

Today, Markham Vineyards owns 350 acres of vineyards strategically located in several of Napa Valley's best growing regions. From its Calistoga vineyards in the north to Oak knoll in the south, Markham has the luxury of hand-selecting grapes from several diverse microclimates to achieve its balanced and rich wines. Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls sums up the benefits offered by this extraordinary palette of vineyards: "The expressions of terroir from each unique location create a greater whole; each vineyard complements and elevates the next. The result is endless blending options to weave together the rich fruit flavors, elegant acid structure, broad texture and velvety tannins we want in our wines."