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Napa Valley 2017

The Altruist

Napa Valley
90 pts Wine Spectator
$23.20 CLUB

Crafted predominantly with estate-grown fruit, this “right bank” Bordeaux-style red blend allows the velvety Merlot flavors to shine. With 15 months of French & American oak aging, the opulent notes of cherry and plum jam are layered with aromas of cola, vanilla and toast.

Donation made to support the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Markham Napa Tiers The Altruist

Wine Specs



Bottling Date

June 2019

Release Date

February 2020

Alcohol %



0.62 g/100 ml



Varietal Composition

68% Merlot
16% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Petite Verdot
5% Malbec
5% Cabernet Franc


100% Stainless Steel
Fermented 16 Days Skin Contact


15 Months Aged in French and American Oak Barrels (50/50)

Wine Spectator

"Juicy raspberry, dark cherry and dark currant flavors show creamy aspects, backed by firm acidity and tannins. Chocolate mousse accents come in on the rich finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2024. 5,000 cases made."

KIM MARCUS (10/5/20)

Vineyard Notes

  • Predominantly (65%) estate grown
  • Yountville
    Hopper House Vineyard: Cabernet Franc
    Yountville Estate Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec
  • Calistoga
    Rockerbox Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
  • Oak Knoll
    Trubody Vineyard: Merlot
  • 80% NAPA GREEN LAND Certified


We dedicate ‘The Altruist’ to those veterans and first responders who have risked all to preserve the freedom and safety we enjoy every day. Through an annual donation, we support those who serve our country and our communities.



Harvest Notes

  • 2017 brought floods, chill, heat and wildfire.
  • Budbreak & bloom were on time after a late January chill.
  • Summer heat dried the soils quickly.
  • Our 40th vintage saw perfect harvest weather & incredible quality.
  • Most fruit was safely cellared when the Oct. ’17 wildfires brought Napa to a standstill.