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Marked Parcels 2018

Merlot

Hopper House Vineyard
Yountville District, Napa Valley
$52.00 CLUB
1 of 8 Barrels

Our Hopper House Vineyard selection offers everything we love about merlot: briary blackberry, mocha and plum aromas that open to lush flavors of jammy ripe fig and baking spices, all supported by this varietal’s signature round, plush tannins. Exceptionally food friendly, this wine would pair beautifully with a smoked Gouda and bacon macaroni & cheese.

Markham Marked Parcels Hopper House Merlot New Release

Wine Specs

vintage

2018

Bottling Date

August 2020

Release Date

September 2021

Alcohol %

14.50%

Acid

0.56/100 mls

pH

3.58

Varietal Composition

100% Merlot
Clone 181

Fermentation

100% Stainless Steel Fermentation
13 days skin contact

Aging

20 mo. In French Oak (80% new)

Vineyard Notes

  • 100% Estate Grown:
    Hopper House Vineyard
  • Adjacent to Yountville Ranch, this 15-acre property sits along the northwest edge of the Yountville District.
  • 100% NAPA GREEN LAND & GREEN WINERY certified
  • Clonal Selection: 181
  • Bale loam soils
  • Harvest date: 9/28/18

 

On the north side of Hopper Creek, the bale loam soils and long, warm days are tempered at night by the creek’s cooling influence, offering the perfect terroir for exceptional Napa Valley Merlot.

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