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Napa Valley 2017

Merlot

Napa Valley
$23.20 CLUB

Our Estate Vineyards provide the backbone to this Napa Valley blend, with Oak Knoll’s Little Cannon weighing in with a distinct tart cherry character while Yountville’s Hopper House and Yountville estate vineyards add classic Bing cherry. Together, this showstopper has a lovely balance of candied cherry laced with dark chocolate aromas. Floral fruit runs from strawberry preserves to boysenberry and is accented with an assortment of backing spices. The velvety entry melts like chocolate on the palate providing a silky but dense mouthfeel with a long, intense finish.

Markham Napa Tiers Merlot

Wine Specs

vintage

2017

Bottling Date

May 2019

Release Date

Spring 2020

Alcohol %

Spring 2020

Acid

0.60 g/100 ml

pH

3.59

Varietal Composition

87% Merlot
9% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Petite Sirah
1% Malbec

Fermentation

100% Stainless Steel Fermented
13 Days Skin Contact

Aging

15½ Months Aged in American Oak
32% New Oak Barrels

Vineyard Notes

  • A true Napa Valley blend:
    Little Cannon, Oak Knoll — sour cherry
    Hopper House & Yountville — classic Bing cherry
    Up-Valley — jammy notes
  • Canopies were closely managed to allow Merlot to hang freely in filtered sunlight.
  • Fruit matured and colored evenly, free of vegetal tones.
  • 90% of this blend is NAPA GREEN certified.

 

It’s hard to imagine anything with which this wine wouldn’t pair well…but slow-braised short ribs on a bed of buttery mash must be top of the ‘most decadent’ list.

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.
  • 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.