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The Character 2017

The Character

Estate Vineyard Bordeaux Blend
Napa Valley
$104 CLUB
Bordeaux inspired — unique to Napa Valley.

The pinnacle of the Markham collection, The Character embodies the finest expression of our Napa Valley estate vineyards. Our passion for Merlot stretches back more than forty years, thus it seems only fitting that Merlot play the leading role in this blend of the five classic Bordeaux varietals.

INCLUDES CUSTOM DISPLAY BOX

To celebrate this inaugural release from Markham Vineyards, The Character comes packaged in a handsome wooden display box (while supplies last).

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Bottle of The Character Bordeaux Red Blend in front of Wooden Gift Box

Wine Specs

vintage

2017

Bottling Date

July 2020

Release Date

October 2021

Alcohol %

14.80%

Acid

0.575 g/100 mls

pH

3.65

Varietal Composition

68% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon,
8% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot,
2% Cabernet Franc

Fermentation

100% Stainless Steel
20 Days Skin Contact

Aging

30 mo. French Oak (100% New)

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Introducing
The Character

Winemaking Notes

  • Our viticulture team hand tends key vineyard blocks throughout the season.
  • Fruit is carefully hand picked and crushed into small fermenters for exceptional concentration.
  • Individual lots aged separately 18 months in 100% new French Oak before blending then returned to barrel for an additional 12 months.

Of 6,000 barrels of wine in our cellar, only 10 were selected for this iconic estate-grown wine. Building upon the lush, velvety base of our finest lot of Yountville Ranch Merlot—Clone 181 from a north-facing block—the final blend was carefully composed to fully capture the rich color and chewy tannins that were the hallmark of the 2017 vintage in our Napa Valley vineyards.

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Vineyard Notes

  • 100% Estate Grown
    94% Yountville Ranch, Yountville – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec
    4% Rockerbox Vineyard, Calistoga – Petit Verdot
    2% Hopper House Vineyard, Yountville – Cabernet Franc
  • 100% NAPA GREEN LAND & GREEN WINERY certified