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
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
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.
Markham Winery Sauvignon Blanc
Bright Ruby grapefruit zest and honeyed pear aromas combine with mineral and almond highlights
in this distinctively California Sauvignon Blanc. Rich flavors of honeydew melon and peach along
with a refreshing streak of citrus will marry deliciously with foods ranging from spicy,
Asian-influenced fare to tropically-inspired fish entrees. Chill and enjoy!
Markham Winery Chardonnay
Creme carmel, tarte tartin, and lemon curd all make appearances in the dessert-like aromas of
this Chardonnay. As the wine warms in the glass, its complexity is further enhanced. Crisp green
apple flavors are lively, yet fleshy and ripe. Vanilla oak marries well on the palate with
mineral and pear notes, turning toasty on the finish.
Markham Winery Merlot
Aromas of sour cherries, toasted hazelnuts and vanilla cream might sound decadent enough for
dessert, but you'll be surprised how perfectly this rich wine works with dinner. Stash a few
bottles away to experience what time does to its dense, velvety structure, but by all means enjoy
some now for its precious, blackberry fruit.
Markham Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
Richly complex, this wine is a perfect example of Napa Valley terroir. Black fruit, married
with briar and anise, gives way to a distinct mineral quality. Toasty vanilla oak, round (but
muscular) tannins and balanced acidity complete the texture. Enjoy our first New Millennium
Cabernet after 2005.
Markham Winery Zinfandel
Old vines do make a difference! With a combined average vine age of over 35 years, our 2001
Zinfandel is wonderfully aromatic, bursting with raspberry jam and spicy vanilla oak. Juicy
flavors of creamy, strawberry fruit are balanced nicely with velvety tannins. This old vine Zin
is one sassy mouthful.
Markham Winery Petite Sirah
Summer! Fragrant black plums, so ripe it perfumes the air, lends a syrupy concentration to this old vine, dry-farmed Petite Sirah. Notes of dense espresso and vanilla toast complete the
picture. There is absolutely nothing Petite about this Napa Valley Classic!
Markham Winery Pinot Noir
Full of ripe plum jam laced with vanilla oak, this Pinot Noir has a split personality. Its creamy texture, lush cherry fruit and smoky, maple syrup flavors present a wine delicious in youth. However, fans of mature Pinot Noir may want to tuck a few bottles away as a bright, raspberry fruit acidity and a surprisingly dense core of fine tannins indicate that this wine can go the distance.
Markham Winery Reserve Merlot
Rich and luxurious, this wine feels like slipping into a thick velvet robe after a day at the
spa. Flamboyant layers of ripe, juicy berries, toasty vanilla oak and milk chocolate mask the
integrated lush tannins. Tempting for immediate satisfaction, however a little restraint should
reward nicely as this wine was built to age. Definitely a BAM!
Markham Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
This Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is power and grace in one amazing wine. Opening with dried
blueberries, the aromas quickly evolve into juicy, cherry jam punctuated with spicy vanilla oak.
Ripe fruit flavors play nicely against the sweet new oak and lively Yountville acidity. The
tannins are silky for immediate luxury but promise long life with their smooth, chalky textured