After a short hiatus, what was once our Markham Reserve Merlot, a special blend from the best Merlot barrels in our cellar, has been transformed into a beautiful Markham Estate designate wine. Our Estate Merlot is made from small batch wines solely grown on our own Yountville estate. This vineyard has always produced wines of amazing depth, and we think it produces the best Merlot in Napa Valley. A small knoll at the heart of the property is where Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls sources Merlot for the estate blend. According to Kim, “Our Yountville property always produces a wine with an incredible cherry-vanilla core, which is only intensified as the wine ages gracefully in new French Oak barrels.”

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc have been growing in harmony on the property since Bruce Markham originally purchased and replanted the vineyard over 35 years ago. It seems only fitting to have them united as a tribute in this Estate Merlot. Kimberlee explains her blending: “The Cabernet Franc adds the floral violet aromas to the velvety texture of the Merlot, while the Cabernet Sauvignon is the powerful backbone that holds it all together.”