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Professional Ratings: 88 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: Napa Valley, California
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 13.8%
Item no. 102706
Color: Dark Ruby.
Aroma: Layers of cola, root beer, vanilla and mocha.
Taste: Ripe cherry flavors are held together with big, grippy tannins that fill the palate.
There was a time when Markham Merlots were about as good as it got in mid-priced versions of the grape. Changes of owner and winemaker found the wine faltering, but, in this vintage, the winery has got it right. Its caramelly oak overlay and its likeable fruit start its aromas out nicely, and the progression in the mouth from supple to firm is well-supported by that fruit. Enjoy it now or in a few years.