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The venerable Markham Vineyards presents a trio of wines for us immediately, two of its District Collection merlots and the newest providing of The Altruist, a “proper financial institution” model Bordeaux mix sourced from throughout Napa.
2018 Markham Merlot Yountville – Surprisingly tannic for a merlot, I sipped and sipped at this bottling ready for it to open up, however the second by no means arrived. Notes of licorice and cloves dominate a palate that, ultimately, offers method to dried violets and a sprig from the spice cupboard, although it’s a little bit of a slog to get there. The end stays powerful, closed-off, with lingering notes of hearty oak and black pepper. Bizarre, like cabernet in disguise. Drink this one with a hearty meal, for certain. B / $55
2018 Markham Merlot Oak Knoll District – Formally denoted “Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley” on the label, lest there’s any confusion, this merlot initially cuts an identical sample to the Yountville bottling, pretty dusty and tannic, with notes of intense plum and a meandering spice invoice. Some floral notes emerge because the wine warms up, however it’s sluggish going, tempered by the tannins and a average be aware of greenery. Mild notes of chocolate give the end a little bit of a elevate. B+ / $55
2017 Markham The Altruist – 68% merlot, 16% cabernet sauvignon, 6% petit verdot, 5% malbec, and 5% cabernet franc. The mix positively bumps up the complexity stage right here, the wine aromatic with spices that mingle with its cherry-heavy core. Notes of chocolate and contemporary plum emerge with time in glass, shifting right into a gingerbread character from there. Lingering notes of vanilla, black pepper, and a smattering reprise of baking spices give the end a prolonged, partaking character. A / $29