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Napa Valley 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley
92 pts JamesSuckling.com
$38.40 CLUB

With this bottling of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockerbox Estate Vineyard is the Yin to the Yountville Estate Vineyard’s Yang – coming together in perfect harmony. Sensuous aromatics layer vanilla, marzipan and graphite without overpowering the intensity of jammy boysenberry and raspberry notes. Lush, juicy texture offers perfect balance to the chewy tannins that follow through the finish.

Markham Napa Tiers Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Specs



Bottling Date

March 2020

Release Date

September 2020

Alcohol %



0.60 g/100 ml



Varietal Composition

86% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Merlot
5% Petit Verdot
3% Cabernet Franc


97% Stainless Steel & 3% Barrel Fermentation
29 Days Skin Contact


26½ Months Aged in French Oak
44% New Oak Barrels

Vineyard Notes

  • 80% Estate Grown and NAPA GREEN® certified:
    Rockerbox — black currant, graphite and anise
    Yountville — blackberry jam and chewy tannins
  • Blended with Merlot (velvety texture), Cabernet Franc (violet aromatics) & Petit Verdot (lively acidity).
  • 18 clonal selections create layers of depth and dimension.
  • Canopy managed to intensify flavors.


Every so often a perfect vintage comes along to remind you to be thankful for having a really cool job that doesn’t feel like work. In 2017, intoxicating Cabernet fruit character blends the bold and the beautiful.


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.
  • Our 40th vintage saw perfect harvest weather and incredible quality.
  • Most fruit was safely cellared when the Oct. ’17 wildfires brought Napa to a standstill.