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2014 Markham Merlot "Napa Valley"

Winery: Markham

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 86% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon & 2% Petite Sirah

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $25

Cases produced: 59,800

KWG Score: 89.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: September 13, 2017

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot is friendly. It opens with a boysenberry and blueberry bouquet with a hint of cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and very smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty ripe cherry and vanilla oak blend with notes of sweet boysenberry and minerality. The finish is dry and it moderate tannins fade away nicely. This Merlot would pair well with veal scallopini or a lamb burger. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Our 2014 celebrates its 35th bottling in all the cherry pie goodness for which it has been known! Layering in vanilla and dark chocolate aromas, the vibrant cherry fruit flavors play against the chewy tannins and long, graceful finish. Consider pairing with a grilled duck sausage gussied up on a decadent brioche bun loaded up with a colored trio of sautéed peppers. Simple and fancy all at the same time, just like our beautiful hardworking Merlot!

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Markham 2014 Merlot.

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