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Melanie’s Wednesday Wines ~ August 29, 2007

Melanie Hoffman

I visited Markham Vineyards and was enchanted by the facility. The stone building entry way, bubbling fountain, and the tasting room filled with so many treasures I had to be careful not to spend every penny I had. The following wines are highly recommended.

Markham Vineyards, 2005 Sauvignon Blanc ~ Aromas of apricots and fresh white figs, tropical mango notes round out the bouquet with touches of lemon cream. Palate expresses bright pear flavors with added tangerine. Essence of honey lingers with a hint of white pepper in the enjoyable long finish. $15.00

Try with blackened prawns over spring greens with fresh mango chutney, tossed in a lime citrus vinaigrette.

Markham Vineyard, 2005 Chardonnay ~ Classic Granny Smith apple and nutmeg spice swirl up to the senses. Vanilla and smoke add a deep level to this fine chardonnay. More apples in the clean mouthfeel. Notes of citrus mid-palate and a touch of sweet cream leads way to the Mandarin orange finish. $18.00

A perfect match for herb rubbed rotisserie chicken, with a side of shitake mushroom and fresh peas risotto.

Markham Vineyard, 2006 Rosé of Pinot ~ Strawberry nose with a wisp of roasted nuts and rose hips. Palate follows nose with additional kiwi fruit in the lingering finish. Easy wine for a lazy afternoon in the cool shade of an oak tree. $15.00

Pair this wine with your favorite book and a few hours of me time.

Markham Vineyard, 2005 Pinot Noir ~ Big, black cherry bouquet, chalk full of cherry blossom aromas. Exhibits toasty oak with almost a bit of a cedar quality that leads to a creamy nature. Wow, what a palate. Cherry, cherry and more cherry. A very well balanced wine with vanilla oak and an enjoyable black currant finish. $29.00

Bold and spicy barbecue pork ribs would stand up to this pinot quite well. Add baked beans, coleslaw, and garlic toast for a taste explosion. You can get all this from Buster’s BBQ on the corner of Hwy 29 and Lincoln Street, my favorite spot to stop in Calistoga for true southern barbecue.

Markham Vineyard, 2001 Merlot ~ Rich nose of blueberry jam, whipping cream and vanilla toasty oak. Jammy fruit up front in the mouth. Nice tannins and long mid-palate shows red currants. Cherry compote finish lingers until the next sip. Delicious! $30.00

Prime Rib with au jus and fresh horseradish sauce. Pair rosemary-garlic mashed potatoes with a side of sautéed crookneck squash and baby carrots.

Markham Vineyard, 2003 Petite Sirah ~ What a lovely nose. Earthy country road and leather upfront in the bouquet. Aromas continue with a basket full of mulberries; rich and juicy. Back end of the nose showcases a touch of black pepper and anise. Palate is full with chewy tannins. Black currant and mulberry envelop your tongue and won’t quit. Finish of blueberry and cedar stays with you, leaving you wanting another sip. $35.00

This petite sirah would be wonderful with a chocolate volcano cake, rich gooey and decedent. Mmmm…

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