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The Character 2018

The Character

Estate Vineyard Bordeaux Blend
Napa Valley
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.

97 Pts, Tasting Panel Magazine, 2022
94 Pts,, 2022


Includes Custom Display Box

The Character comes in a handsome wooden box providing a dramatic way to display this unique bottle of wine. A must have for any serious collector.

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Wine Specs



Bottling Date

June 2021

Release Date

October 2022

Alcohol %



0.68 g/100 mls



Varietal Composition

65% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon,
9% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot,
1% Cabernet Franc


100% Stainless Steel
17 Days Skin Contact


30 mo. French Oak 100% New


Introducing our pinnacle wine... 2018 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 30 months in 100% new French Oak.
  • Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls chose the best 7 barrels of the Markham winery


“Of 6,000 barrels of wine in our cellar, only 7 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 2018 vintage in our Napa Valley vineyards.”


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