Early in my culinary career I would often drop into Markham Vineyards whenever I was driving down Highway 128 in Napa. Sure, there might have been places with better wines or bigger palaces of extravagance but Markham always made you feel special. Well, that’s enough of my nostalgia and on to the matter at hand, reviewing this Merlot. Now, after celebrating 35 successful years of making great Merlot,  they continue to produce delicious juice.

The 2014 Markham Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot is a very solid effort from a respected vintage. It’s not a soft seductive Merlot but more of a built for aging wine that will stand up to a lot of big flavored cuisine, cleansing your palate like the workhorse wine it is.  Smoky oak nuances give way to black currant, plum and spice making it the perfect foil for any smoky grilled dishes. Have a MacDaddy moment enjoying a glass of this fine Merlot.

Rating: Very good | $25 | 14.2 % ABV