Ghost Block and Markham Vineyards

2013 Red Wine

2015 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 19 | Lot No. 2


Ghost Block and Markham Vineyards

Red Wine

20 cases produced


  • Our seventh collaboration creating a powerful, terroir-driven PNV blend honoring the vintage
  • A true Meritage blend featuring Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc
  • Both of our estates are 100% Yountville appellation and either Napa Green Certified Land or CCOF
  • 110 years of Napa Valley heritage joins the Del Bondio and Hoxsey families in honoring historic vineyards

Blending our estate vineyards together to create our 7th winemaking collaboration between Ghost Block and Markham Vineyards is definitely more than good luck! When George C. Yount arrived in the 1830's, the first grapevines were planted in Napa Valley on his original land grant, where the Ghost Block property now sits. Taste the history that Andrew Hoxsey, proprietor of Ghost Block and Bryan Del Bondio, president of Markham Vineyards bring together in this Meritage blend from their respective Yountville estate vineyards. Since both families arrived in Napa Valley over 110 years ago, they have continued to grow together as friends & colleagues, each now celebrating their individual 40 harvests with glasses of wine, food and stories galore. The importance of family is key and you will see both mentoring their children as the next generation prepares to carry on tradition. Share a taste of history that their winemaking teams created in this powerful blend to highlight the best of the vintage from the Yountville AVA.

Wine Facts

  • Sustainably produced

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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