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Marked Parcels 2017

Merlot

Yountville Ranch Vineyard
Yountville District, Napa Valley
$52.00 CLUB
1 of 10 Barrels

Crafted from a single parcel on our Yountville estate ranch, this dark and mysterious Merlot invites further investigation into the melted milk chocolate and brambly, blackberry aromas. Lush, jammy black fruit melds with the dense, chewy tannins through to the end on the palate luxuriously. A bit of brightness on the finish is a testament to the age-ability of this wine.

Markham Marked Parcels Merlot

Wine Specs

vintage

2017

Bottling Date

Jul-19

Release Date

Summer 2020

Alcohol %

14.50%

Acid

0.600 g/100 mls

pH

3.48

Varietal Composition

87% Merlot, Clone 181
9% Cabernet Sauvignon
4% Cabernet Franc

Fermentation

100% Stainless Steel Fermentation
15 days skin contact

Aging

19 1/2 mo. In French Oak (80% new)

Vineyard Notes

  • 100% Estate Grown — Guardian Yountville estate vineyard
  • 100% NAPA GREEN LAND & WINERY certified since 2010
  • Yountville District of Napa Valley
  • Harvested September 7, 2017
  • Clone 181
  • Coombs Gravelly Loam soils
  • Vine age: 28 years

 

This northerly facing rise sits over alluvial fans on the estate. This block is watched closely, walked frequently and marked differently every vintage to create this special wine.

KIMBERLEE NICHOLLS, WINEMAKER

Harvest Notes

  • 2017 brought floods, chill, heat and wildfire.
  • Budbreak and bloom were on time after a late January chill.
  • Summer heat dried the soils quickly.
  • Small berry size and low yields made for dense and powerful Merlot wine quality
  • Most fruit was safely cellared when the Oct. ’17 wildfires brought Napa to a standstill.