Markham Merlot 2017
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Our Estate Vineyards provide the backbone to this Napa Valley blend, with Oak Knoll's Little Cannon weighing in with a distinct sour cherry character while Yountville's Hopper House and Guardian vineyards add classic Bing cherry. Together, this showstopper has a lovely balance of candied cherry laced with dark chocolate aromas. Floral fruit runs from strawberry preserves to boysenberry and is accented with an assortment of baking spices. The velvety entry melts like chocolate on the palate providing a silky but dense mouthfeel with a long, intense finish. It's hard to imagine anything with which this wine wouldn't pair well . . . but slow-braised short ribs on a bed of buttery mash must be top of the 'most decadent' list.
A minerally style, with good cut to the dried plum, cherry and berry flavors, which feature a lilting spiciness. Sanguine and forest floors accents come in on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 35,000 cases made.