Ghost Block and Markham Vineyards

Meritage Blend
2011 Red Wine

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 2
Vintage: 2011

Ghost Block and Markham Vineyards

Meritage Blend

Red Wine

20 cases produced


The Del Bondio and Pelissa families began harvesting grapes in the valley more than 100 years ago and enjoy a close, multi-generational relationship. To celebrate, Bryan Del Bondio, president of Markham Vineyards and Andrew Hoxsey, proprietor of Ghost Block and grandson of Andrew Pelissa, have joined together for the fifth year to present a powerful blend red blend for Premiere. The fruit comes from Markham's Yountville Vineyard— planted after Prohibition and the source of the winery's Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon—and the Ghost Block Vineyard, part of pioneer George Yount's original land grant where he planted the first grapevines in Napa Valley. Bryan and Andrew offer this wine in honor of historic vineyards, family heritage and more than 100 years of Napa Valley history.

Aging Process

Two years in French Oak Barrels (60% New)

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.75
  • Sustainably produced

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Robert Lawson

Winemaker, Ghost Block Estate Wines

Winemaker, Robert Lawson

Rob was hired at Napa Wine Co. as an enologist in 1993. In 1997, he became general manager/winemaker at J.Fritz Winery in Sonoma. In 1998, however, Rob returned and was appointed as general manager of Napa Wine Company and soon assumed the position of CEO. Rob has overseen the production of many top wine labels, including Pahlmeyer, Bryant Family, Colgin, Blankiet, Staglin, Marcassin, Turley and Showket. He was fortunate to work alongside some of the most respected winemakers in the valley, such as Helen Turley, Paul Hobbs, Pam Starr and Heidi Peterson Barrett.

Country born: United States

Education: Rob graduated in 1992 from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Plant Science and an emphasis in Viticulture.

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Rob seeks to capture the true varietal and regional character of the varietal by pairing New World technology with traditional techniques to create wines that are both fruit driven and robust in flavor and texture.

Kimberlee Jackson Nicholls

Winemaker, Markham

Winemaker, Kimberlee Jackson Nicholls

Over a career spanning almost 30 years, Kimberlee Nicholls has
earned a reputation as one of Napa Valley’s most respected
winemakers. With a gifted palate, and three decades of Napa
Valley winemaking knowledge and experience, Kim crafts
wines of character and complexity from Markham’s 350 acres of
certified sustainable estate vineyards in Yountville, Oak Knoll
and Calistoga.

Country born: United States

Education: B.S. in Biology, Willamette University, Salem, OR. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars (John Gibson / Francoise Peschon)

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Food, family and fun! Food and wine have a harmony that is best expressed at the table. We enjoy making wines here at Markham Vineyards that we can pair with food. Having fun and sharing with our family of friends makes us love what we do.

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