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Markham Vineyards

Markham Vineyards In 1874 Jean Laurent, an immigrant from Bordeaux, France, started his Laurent Winery on the current site of Markham Vineyards. Laurent's first winery was an insignificant wooden structure, which he replaced with a 6000 square foot stone winery in 1879 to meet the demands of his growing winery production. Laurent was one of the top-ten wine producers in Napa County. In 1890, Laurent died at the young age of 53 and over the next 87 years the Laurent winery changed ownership many times. Bruce Markham arrived in the Napa Valley almost 100 years after Laurent, also looking to start a winery. Markham bought the Yountville vineyard in 1975, the Calistoga vineyard in 1976, the old Laurent Winery in 1977 and the Oak Knoll vineyard in 1978. With almost 225 planted acres and a winery, Bruce Markham founded Markham Vineyards in 1978 and the old Laurent Winery was reborn. Markham focused on Cabernet Sauvignon in its early days and introduced the Markham Merlot with the 1980 vintage. Between 1978 to 1988 the winery's production increased from 3,500 cases to 20,000 The wine quality and praise from wine critics and consumers increased as well. In 1988, the old Laurent Winery once again rose like a phoenix to take on another new life. The winery was sold to Mercian Corporation and began an ambitious four-year, multi-million dollar renovation, expansion and vineyard-replanting program. These efforts would be more than double the capacity and make Markham one of the most advanced, stunning winemaking facilities in the country. Even through the dust of the renovation, Markham was able to produce three of the number-one rated wines from California, as judged by Wine Spectator magazine.


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2812 North St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, CA, US, 94574 Email:
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  Cabernet Franc
Back by popular demand, this 'estate bottled' Cabernet Franc is serving up the sass. Plenty of syrupy, berry fruit is punctuated with both caramel and toasty, vanilla oak. Intrigue in the form of candied violets and bay on the nose mix seamlessly with dusty cocoa powder and berry jam flavors. Juicy texture and chewy tannins should make everyone happy!
  Cabernet Sauvignon
Briary aromas mingle with fresh blackberries and caramel oak highlight in this Cabernet Sauvignon. Dense, plum jam flavors support the solid core of tannins on the finish. Vanilla toast and nutmeg spice things up as the wine continues to open in the glass. Enjoy with anything from the grill, the smokiness should only enhance the brooding texture and bright cassis playing off each other.
This Markham Chardonnay seemed to hit the spot around the winery with its apple pie spice and butter pecan ice cream aromas this fall. Vanilla, toast and nutmeg work well with the juicy, tropical fruits in the nose. Flavors are clean and bright showing lemon curd and more toasty, baked apple notes. A deliciously balanced Chardonnay that shows you can have your pie and drink it too!
The long, cool harvest of 2003 produced varietally focused, densely structured wines. This Merlot is typical of the vintage in that respect. Aromas of violets and blackberry briars remind one of Cabernet Sauvignon while the fleshy texture alludes to Merlot. The attractive sweet espresso and black raspberry flavors add to the mystery. A bit of bottle age should allow the spicy, cherry fruit and vanilla oak to shine.
  Petite Sirah
Before the glass touches your lips, this wine's dense robe hints at the power Petite Syrah insists on expressing in the Napa Valley. Aromas of blackberry syrup foretell the lush texture, while bitter chocolate, nut brittle and vanilla provide dreama. Rich, syrupy berry flavors lend this behometh a touch of grace.
  Pinot Noir
Fresh raspberry, vanilla and cream collide with hints of smoky oak and toasted celery seed in this bottling. Ripe, round and rich on the palate, where more creamy vanilla flavors are combined with plum. Served with food this wine will continue to evolve as both a comparison and contrast to the meal. The beauty of Pinot Noir is both in its delicacy and boldness of character!
  Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine's beautiful, dark ruby color only hints at its intensity on the palate. Intriguing, almost exotic black cherry and milk chocolate play against toasty, cedary aromas and a faint note of fresh bay. Though tight and reserved in youth, this wine should develop juicy, ripe flavors of cherries, vanilla and dusty cocoa. Our vineyard's pedigree is evident in a firm tannin structure which dictates some additional time in the bottle for optimum pleasure.
  Reserve Merlot
This Reserve Merlot enchants with aromas of dark chocolate, black raspberries and layers of toasty oak. Velvety tannins weave elegantly around creamy berry and cola flavors and are complemented by intriguing tobacco notes. This wine's ripe texture and firm structure can provide immediate enjoyment as well as reward with a few years in the cellar.
  Rosé of Pinot Noir
A perfect compliment to any summer entertaining plans you may have, from a picnic to a full blown BBQ. This dry Rosé has wonderful aromas and flavors of strawberries,pineapple and mango which pairs well with starters and finger-licking spice. Bright lemon zest-like acidity keeps the wine lively, while the creamy influence of barrel fermentation creates balance.
  Sauvignon Blanc
This wine feels like a vacation! Let the tropical floral and fruit aromas take you away. The honeysuckle, white peach and citrus zest in the nose are mimicked in the mouth with crisp flavors that refresh. The rich, viscous mouth feel should make this Sauvignon Blanc great to pair with your favorite meal or lounging poolside.
Fire up the BBQ! This Syrah is in its element when its lovely chocolate, berry and smoke aromas are paired with grilled foods. The bright, pure fruit keeps its head above water when served with spicy foods that put other wines in the doghouse. Rich, jammy berry flavors are accented with intriguing notes of nutmeg and cardamom. Chewy tannins will keep you satisfied as you linger by the fire long after the guests have gone home.
Remember picking strawberries on a hot summer day? This wine might take you back there if you let it. The aromas are unmistakably vivid and you'll smile in anticipation of the flavor. Rich and syrupy, the strawberry jam palate is accented with caramel and vanilla oak highlights and supported by round tannins. Open a bottle and start a conversation while finding flavor descriptions of your own as the wine comes to life in the glass.


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