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Napa Valley 2018

Merlot

Napa Valley
$23.20 CLUB

Our Estate Vineyards provide the backbone to our Napa Valley Merlot. Black raspberry and plum fruit greet you in the glass, which is enhanced by graham cracker, caramel and tootsie roll aromas from the oak aging. Concentrated cherry jam fruit provides silky texture balancing the toasty, vanilla shortbread character.

Blended with: Cabernet (tannin structure), Petite Sirah (jammy mid-palate) & Syrah (spice)

Markham Napa Tiers Merlot

Wine Specs

vintage

2018

Bottling Date

August 2020

Release Date

Spring 2021

Alcohol %

14.6

Acid

0.56 g/100 ml

pH

3.67

Varietal Composition

87% Merlot
6% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Petite Sirah
2% Syrah

Fermentation

100% Stainless Steel Fermented
13 Days Skin Contact

Aging

19 Months in Oak Barrels
30% New Oak

Vineyard Notes

  • 57% Estate Grown:
    • Rockerbox – blueberry, spice, plums
    • Yountville Ranch – chocolate cherries
    • Hopper House – chewy, plum jam
    • Little Cannon – bright, lively cherry
    • Trubody – velvety plum texture
  • Careful canopy management to allow filtered sunlight & water stress prior to harvest for intensity in the fruit

 

Our 2018 Merlot shows more of a serious side. While offering all the things that we love about Merlot — from cherry & chocolate aromas to its velvety texture — this wine also carries a weight that gives it additional age-worthiness.

– KIMBERLEE NICHOLLS, WINEMAKER

Harvest Notes

  • 2018 saw heavy winter rains and record rainfall followed by normal budbreak & bloom
  • A cold spring and cool summer resulted in one of our latest harvests on record
  • Harvested between: 9/21/2018 – 10/30/2018
  • Above average crop size required several vineyard passes to fine tune fruit intensity
  • Blend 74% NAPA GREEN® certified