Markham Vineyards 1879 Cellar Blend

Wine Review: 2012 Markham Vineyards 1879 Cellar Blend, Napa Valley, California

In the early 90’s I would often drop into Markham Vineyards whenever I was driving down Hwy 128 in Napa. Sure, there might have been places with better wines or bigger palaces of extravagance but those guys at Markham always made you feel special. 

When I started working in tasting rooms I continuously flashed back to my experiences there and strived to provide my guests with the same level of infotainment. Then there was the Merlot, always soft and inviting, produced from top quality fruit and aged long enough to taste its potential.

This wine named 1879 Cellar Blend is primarily Merlot, 36% to be exact with a solid addition of 21% Petite Sirah. The other 43% is Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel and a little Petit Verdot.  The softness is there in the beginning from the Merlot, and the Petite Sirah adds structure and backbone, the rest of the blend fine tunes the mix.

This wine would go well with grilled foods, so have a MacDaddy moment and grab yourself a bottle of this Markham and get grilling!

Smoked Cornish Game Hens-sm

Smoked Cornish Game Hens with Markham Vineyards 1879 Cellar Blend is delicious! 

Aromas of blue and black fruit lead the parade with notes of smoke and vanilla completing the bouquet. Flavors are chocolate, berry, spice and the texture is plush and soft.  Inviting and sexy this is a wine that works with myriad of cuisines. 19,000 case production. Enjoy!

Rating: Very Good (88) | $25 | 14.5% ABV

Markham Vineyards 1879 Cellar Blend


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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