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!
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