2014 Markham Vineyards Merlot: Soft & Seductive

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



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 OregonLive.com (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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