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.
In 1972, Bruce Markham arrived in Napa Valley with the dream of starting a winery. Intent on crafting world-class wines for years to come, he purchased the "little jewels" that are still the Markham vineyards today. He was a pioneer in what is now the very heart of Napa, buying premium vineyard land before many understood the tremendous potential the valley offered for producing fine wines. He also purchased a winery. Originally established by Jean... View More