Markham Napa Valley Vineyards has released The Character, a new Merlot-based Bordeaux blend to crown its new portfolio of Napa Valley, District Series, and Marked Parcel wines. The Character 2017 is available exclusively to Markham Merit Society members with a limited allocation.
“The Character represents Markham’s decades-long commitment to wines of character and soil-to-glass sustainability,” says Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls. “Being able to craft what we think is the best-of-the-best without constraints allows us to focus on the pleasure and elegance this wine delivers in the glass.”
The new Markham Vineyards portfolio of Wines includes:
- Napa Valley—Every day favorites represent the character of the Napa Valley. Generous and approachable varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay ($22-$48), and “The Altruist” Merlot-based red blend ($29) dedicated to veterans, first responders and community heroes.
- District Series—Focused on individual appellations from estate vineyards highlighting the variety of Napa Valley’s terroir including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Rosé ($28-$60)
- Marked Parcels—Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls hand-marks select vineyard parcels each vintage and reserves them for these rare and limited vineyard-designate, varietal-specific bottlings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec ($50-$80).
- The Character—A luxurious estate-grown Merlot-based Bordeaux blend supported by a classic cast of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, The Character is a limited barrel selection of the very best lots showcasing richness, density and complexity from Markham’s Yountville Ranch, Hopper House, Little Cannon and Rockerbox estate vineyards. The Character celebrates history and Markham’s dedication to the Napa Valley community spirit ($125).
“The Character release marks the next evolution in Markham’s long history as an iconic Napa Valley winery and leader in Merlot for more than four decades,” Vice President of Marketing Kate McManus explains.
Markham Vineyards has been known for their Merlot Wines since 1980 when it was only the fourth winery in the Napa Valley to produce a varietal Merlot wine. The sustainably farmed estate vineyards and Markham winery are certified Napa Green.