Our Cellar 1879® Blend is a tribute to our original founder, Jean Laurent. It was Laurent who built the historic stone cellar here at Markham Vineyards. Blends were among the oldest traditions that were created in our 138-year-old cellar, true dedication to our philosophy of pairing Markham wines with good food and great company. Vineyards were planted as blends in the late 1800’s, providing color, tannin, acidity, spice and aromatics dependent upon the mix in the field. Similarly we create a blend to highlight the food our family and friends enjoy daily. With our 2015 blend, Merlot and Syrah provide velvety texture while Syrah additionally layers in deep smoky notes. The Petite Sirah adds juicy, blackberry jam and Cabernet is all backbone filled in with the aromatics of Zinfandel’s tobacco spice.
With heavy December rainfall, we had hoped for a normal wet month of February. Instead we saw the earliest bud break on record and an equally long spring of frost protection worries. However the warm, dry winter brought us our 4th year of drought, freak hail storms and a long, extended bloom in our red varieties. We called the vintage the “hot tub time machine” which behaved much like our 2007 harvest. It began fast and early, but experience has taught us to have patience to wait for flavor development in order to create wines of which to be proud…again!