Bordeaux Native & Arizona Cannoneer = Magnificent Merlot 🍷
Did you know that October is Merlot month? Let's not miss a chance to celebrate it! This week Armando brings us back to California. As we travel along the historic State Route 29 toward Markham Vineyards, sit back with a glass of Markham's 2019 Napa Valley Merlot, and enjoy the ride through California's rich wine history. Happy Merlot Month‼
Markham Napa Valley Merlot 2019
It was the gold rush that brought Jean Laurent, to California in 1852, but the soils of Napa yielded a different type of precious material to the Bordeaux native. Laurent discovered that the soils of Napa were conducive to the growth of grapevines and so he founded a winery in 1874 that would become synonymous with Merlot.
After finding success with his wines, Laurent builds the stunning stone cellar in 1879 that remains at the heart of Markham Vineyards. 6 years after Prohibition ended, the historic stone cellar is reborn in 1939 under a new name: St. Helena Co-Operative Winery.
Bruce Markham, an Arizona businessman, invests in 230 acres of vineyards across the Napa Valley in 1970, along with a craftsman-style bungalow home and Jean Laurent’s old stone cellar winery along Highway 29. Bruce served in the US Navy and had a miniature cannon. The story goes that he’d mark the start of each harvest by firing his cannon in the vineyards.
MERLOT 2019 Our Estate Vineyards provide the backbone to this Napa Valley Merlot. Aromas of plum jam and coffee emerge from the glass, enhanced by toffee and cedar notes from oak aging. Juicy black cherry flavors on the palate meld beautifully with a rich, velvety dark chocolate character on the long, round finish.
“The 2019 harvest was long, mild, and generous. Our vineyard crews patiently tended the vines, allowing for long, slow ripening that intensified color, structure, and tannin. A slow and steady harvest let us take our time in the cellar as well, to fully capture the gorgeous varietal nuance and dense, dark character of this outstanding vintage.”
• 64% Estate Grown: Little Cannon – bright, lively cherry Yountville Ranch – chocolate cherries Rockerbox – blueberry, spice, plums Hopper House – chewy, plum jam Trubody – velvety texture
• Blended with: Petite Sirah (jammy mid-palate), Cabernet Sauvignon (tannin structure), Malbec (plush texture) & Syrah (spice)
• Foggy mornings yielded conditions for vibrant and expressive wines
• Long, warm summer with few heat spikes and mild weather at harvest preserved freshness and finesse
• With the extended hang time and mild weather, 2019’s exceptional fruit development offers dazzling color, structure, and tannin maturity
• 26.4 ° Brix at Harvest
85% Merlot, 6% Petite Sirah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Syrah & 2% Malbec ALCOHOL 14.8% ACID / pH Acid: 0.63 g/100 mls pH: 3.70 FERMENTATION 96% Stainless Steel | 4% Barrel Fermented 15 Days Skin Contact AGING 24 ½ Months in Oak Barrels 31% New Oak BOTTLING DATE May 2022 RELEASE DATE July 2022
Inviting aromas of red cherry, sliced plum, rosemary, and bark. Full-bodied with velvety tannins. Complex baking spice compliments the red and black fruit on the palate, with an earthy undertone throughout - James Suckling
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