Markham Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Delicate violet and Satsuma plum aromas are layered with a hint of bay leaf allowing our Calistoga estate to shine. Not one to take a back seat, the power of our Yountville estate pumps this wine full of boysenberry jam, dark chocolate and graphite flavors. Built for age, this 2015 is bright and rambunctious but still melts across the palate with milk chocolate silkiness. Well balanced oak gives structure and is highlighted by caramel, mocha and baking spices found in the glass. Braised short ribs simmered on the stove all day and piled high on a bed of buttery mashed potatoes would have us in heaven as the perfect pairing.
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The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, blended of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, is deep garnet-purple colored and sashays out of the glass with seducing notes of warm blackberries, black raspberries and crème de cassis plus nuances of candied violets, cinnamon toast, cloves and forest floor with a waft of pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a great core of layered mid-palate fruit and ripe, grainy tannins, finishing very long and spicy.
In 1976, industry pioneer Bruce Markham acquired his first 230 acres of Napa Valley vineyards and founded Markham Vineyards the following year. In 1980, Markham crafted its first vintage of Napa Valley Merlot—becoming only the fourth winery in Napa Valley to make varietal Merlot—and a decade later, Markham’s flagship bottling was named “Merlot of the Year” by Wine Spectator.
Today, Markham Vineyards continues to be recognized for making benchmark Napa Valley Merlots, as well as acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. As Markham’s winemaker since 2001, Kimberlee Nicholls’s artistry, innovative spirit and encyclopedic knowledge of winegrowing and winemaking has helped Markham Vineyards earn countless accolades, and an enduring place as one of Napa Valley’s great wineries. With a gifted palate, Kim crafts wines of uncommon character and vineyard-inspired complexity from Markham’s 350 acres of Napa Green certified sustainable estate vineyards in Yountville, Oak Knoll and Calistoga. Markham proudly holds the Napa Green Land, Napa Green Winery, and Fish Friendly Farming certifications.
Markham practices sustainability without sacrificing quality. For Markham, sustainability starts in the field and focuses on environmentally beneficial land management practices. Some of Markham’s sustainability practices include:
• Protecting the Napa River Watershed
• Water conservation in the vineyards and the winery
• Reduce carbon footprint
• Partnering with local suppliers for wine materials
• Partner with local recycling center to reduce landfill impact
• Certifications include ‘Green Certified’ by Napa Green , Fish Friendly Farming ®.