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Markham The Altruist Red Blend 2017

Markham The Altruist Red Blend 2017

“We dedicate ‘The Altruist’ to those veterans and first responders who have risked all to preserve the freedom and safety we enjoy every day. Through an annual donation, we support those who serve our country and our communities.”

– Kimberlee Nicholls, Winemaker


Merlot is the flagship wine here at Markham. It’s sometimes perceived as being ‘soft’ but I think what is meant is balanced — and balance is the key to making great wine.

Crafted predominantly with estate-grown fruit, this “right bank” Bordeaux-style red blend allows the velvety Merlot flavors to shine.

Donation made to support the Gary Sinise Foundation




As one of Napa Valley’s longest-continually-run wineries, we honor the heritage of this remarkable wine growing region with every grape grown, every wine bottled, every sip savored. From decades of sustainable farming to our long, unapologetic fascination with Merlot, we celebrate the adventurous spirit of Napa while embracing the unique voice of the land.

Each of our exceptional wines is a nuanced expression of the region’s character, born of the soil and nurtured with respect for yesterday’s successes and a passion for tomorrow’s discoveries. With Bordeaux in our blood, it’s no surprise we were one of the first California wineries to grow and specialize in Merlot.


Kim is a chemist full of energy and life, with a long history in Napa and a deep love of Merlot. As one of the first female winemakers in the Napa Valley, she is highly respected in the area. With three decades of experience under her belt, we are thrilled and humbled to have her on our team. Her food-friendly winemaking style is fueled by a love of cooking and the connective ritual of pairing lovingly prepared food with artfully made wines. Kim is an integral part of Markham’s story and has greatly contributed to our countless accolades and enduring place as one of Napa Valley’s great wineries.