Markham Vinyards Napa Valley Merlot 2013, California 

My Rating 91 Points.   

Price $20.
Beautiful deep ruby in color, with a light red rim.

Nice and fruity nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, earth, leather, herbs and peppercorn. Interesting and layered.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black tart cherries, black currants, sweet plums, green peppers, asparagus, licorice, cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and black pepper.

This Napa Merlot is complex, interesting and balanced with a great mouthfeel.
Drinkable right out of the bottle, but evolved some in the decanter.

Already enjoyable by itself now, but will age nicely in the next few years. A little bitter on the ending after it opened up, which will probably go away in time. This vintage is much better than the 2011 I had before.

I paired it with fillet minon and roasted vegetables. This was a nice surprise.

14.2% alcohol by volume.


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