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Marked Parcels 2018

Merlot

Little Cannon Vineyard
Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
$52.00 CLUB
1 of 11 Barrels

Crafted from a single parcel on Little Cannon Vineyard, this gorgeous Merlot opens with lush forest, bright cherry and fresh plum aromas. On the palate, ripe red fruit, tobacco and savory roasted mushroom join in. The medium body and round, velvety tannins make this wine incredibly food friendly. We love it with slow-braised short ribs on a bed of buttery mashed potatoes.

Markham Marked Parcels Merlot Little Cannon Vineyard New Release

Wine Specs

vintage

2018

Bottling Date

August 2020

Release Date

October 2021

Alcohol %

14.80%

Acid

0.54/100 mls

pH

3.56

Varietal Composition

100% Merlot
Clone 181 & 3

Fermentation

100% Stainless Steel Fermentation
15 days skin contact

Aging

21 mo. In French Oak (65% new)

Vineyard Notes

  • 100% Estate Grown: Little Cannon Vineyard
  • Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
  • 100% NAPA GREEN LAND & GREEN WINERY certified
  • Clonal Selection: 3 & 181
  • Harvest date: 9/24/18

 

Cooled by the bay, Merlot ripens slowly at this Oak Knoll District vineyard site, developing complex, layered and distinctive cherry fruit character.

KIMBERLEE NICHOLLS, WINEMAKER

Harvest Notes

  • Verasion was three weeks late, followed by a temperate summer
  • This vintage was preordained in Spring of 2016 when the vines set their 2018 crop load, storing away nutrients to produce higher than normal yields
  • Care was taken to fine tune crop load to maximize fruit intensity
  • After brief rains, fall heat ushered in harvest