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The Character 2017

The Character

Estate Vineyard Bordeaux Blend
Napa Valley
$100 CLUB

In her two decades at Markham Vineyards, Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls has dreamed of crafting a true luxury Bordeaux Blend. And when Malbec was planted in our Yountville Ranch estate vineyard, the die was cast. True to our history, Kim opted for a Right-Bank-style like the wines of Pomerol, where Merlot plays the leading role, supported by a classic cast of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot. The Character is a labor of love, 10 barrels chosen as the finest expression of vineyard, varietal and vintage. The Character’s composition will change from year to year, but it will always be led by estate Merlot and crafted of 100% estate grown fruit.

Markham the Character Bordeaux Blend

Wine Specs



Alcohol %


Varietal Composition

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


30 months

Vineyard Notes

  • 100% NAPA GREEN LAND & WINERY Certified
  • 100% Estate Grown


10 barrels. 140 years of history. Merlot roots that run deep. Our team crafts this beautifully balanced Bordeaux-style Red Wine Blend to represent the epitome of our history, our sustainably-farmed estate vineyards and our dedication to the Napa Valley community spirit.

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.