Markham Merlot 2016 Front Label
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Markham Merlot 2016

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750ML / 14.8% ABV
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750ML / 14.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This showstopper has a lovely balance of candied cherry laced with dark chocolate aromas. Floral fruit runs from strawberry preserves to boysenberry and is accented with an assortment of baking spices. The velvety entry melts like chocolate on your palate providing a silky but dense mouthfeel with a long, intense finish. Hard to imagine there isn't anything with which this wine wouldn't pair, but slow-braised short ribs on a bed of buttery mash must be top of the most decadent list

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Merlot is blended of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Sirah and 1% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has a very pretty , fragrant nose of warm plums, boysenberries and blueberry tart plus hints of baking spices, lavender and dusty earth. Full-bodied, rich and spicy in the mouth, it has great intensity and plush, ripe tannins, finishing wonderfully decadent.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The Markham Vineyards Merlot has been a consistent, high-performer over the years. The 2016 vintage is spot-on and what I have come to expect from them. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers plenty of pleasing ripe fruit notes and a pleasingly soft palate. Pair it with roast chicken over a mix of Romaine and Baby Spinach. (Tasted: March 22, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
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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 ®.

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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