In 1874, Jean Laurent, an immigrant from Bordeaux, France, started his Laurent Winery on what is now 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 as did the wine quality and praise from wine critics and consumers.
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 we began an ambitious four-year, multi-million dollar renovation, expansion and vineyard-replanting program. These efforts would be more than double our capacity and make Markham one of the most advanced, stunning winemaking facilities in the country. Even though 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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Markham Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Appearance: Dark garnet.
Aroma: Striking floral boysenberry jam, caramel and graphite notes are laced with hints of coffee and bay leaf.
Mouth Feel: Dense and textural, with velvety richness. Its jammy, ripe berry flavors are layered with notes of dark chocolate and vanilla oak. Persistent tannins create a balanced but ... more
in mixed case $33.29
Markham Merlot 2015
Black cherry and cassis aromas are layered with hints of vanilla, mint and toasted nuts. Elegant and supple on the palate, the juicy plum and cherry fruit flavors are punctuated with cola and black pepper spice. The tannins remain chewy through to the finish. We would love to enjoy it ... more
in mixed case $19.79
Markham Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Delicate aromas of grapefruit, melon and lime zest swirl around haunting wet stone and feint crushed mint leaves. Lush tropical highlights of pineapple, kiwi and orange blossom fruit flavors balance the electric mid-palate in a refreshing finish. Grilled garlic shrimp with black beans and rice is one of many delicious ... more
in mixed case $15.29
Markham Chardonnay 2016
Bananas Foster has a toasty, brown sugar and sweet banana aroma profle that is also found in our 2016 Chardonnay. A bit of minerality emerges over the toasty oak and honey, while tangerine mixed with juicy pear round out the palate. The entry comes across both rich and creamy, but ... more
in mixed case $15.29
All sizes are 750mL unless otherwise noted.
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