Mark Herold

Mark found his curiosity for wine through his love for food and cooking during his teenage years. Initially planning to study culinary arts in Paris, Mark eventually decided on a domestic education. Having many interests and many declared majors, it took him eight years to complete his under-graduate studies- yet collecting wine all along. Deciding to advance his education, he completed his academic career at the University of Davis with a Ph.D. in Ecology emphasizing nutritional bio-chemistry.

While at UC Davis, his curiosity for wine was nurtured by a fellow wine enthusiast, who happened to be his bio-chemistry professor and owned his own winery in the Sierra Foothills. It took one volunteer harvest for Mark to become completely enthralled with the process. Mark's ever-present thirst for knowledge led him down a career path as a winemaker; combining both his love of science and art.

Mark started his first venture into the wine world at Joseph Phelps Vineyards as the Research Enologist. Here Mark was able to bridge the scientific method with practices in winemaking in order to determine which procedures really make the best expressions of wine quality and seamless oak integration.

Mark's enthusiasm for making wine took on a life of its own leading to the creation of Merus in 1998; his personal Cabernet label. Being made in his home garage in downtown Napa, this project was a labor of love. After selling Merus, Mark continues his quest for making delicious, balanced, age-worthy wines here at MHW.

Mark is a Taurus and his favorite food is Sushi. You will find him most often in his kitchen at home, cooking for family and friends, drinking cider.

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Mark Herold 'Collide' Red Blend 2015
Vinous 92 The 2015 Collide is outrageously beautiful. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, lavender, chocolate, menthol and crème de cassis infuse this bold, flavorful wine. This blend of 42% Petite Sirah, 30% Tempranillo, 25% Graciano and 3% Carignan will be impossible to resist over the next handful of
Item Number: 30820
Case: $287.40

Mark Herold 'Flux' Red 2014
Blended of 77% Grenache, 13% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah, the medium garnet colored 2015 Flux leaps from the glass with raspberry preserves, black cherry compote and redcurrant jelly with hints of baking spices, potpourri and bay leaves. Full-bodied and wonderfully plush in the mouth, it packs in the

Mark Herold 'Collide' Red Blend 2013
89  Robert Parker 
The 2013 Collide is another Mediterranean blend of grapes. In this case it’s 30% Carignan, 27% Petite Sirah, 24% Tempranillo and 19% Graciano. That’s about as unusual a blend as you’re going to find in California, but the results are outstanding. Loads of deep, lead pencil notes intermixed with

Mark Herold 'Acha' 2008
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "Composed of 65% Tempranillo, 15% Grenache, 8% Carignan, 7% Graciano and 5% Petit Syrah, there are 950 cases of the 2008 Acha. A very interesting wine, it offers notes of blueberries, raspberries, licorice, graphite, tobacco leaf and spice. Medium-bodied with loads of fruit

Mark Herold 'Flux' Red 2013
The three cuvées of Flux are Grenache-based, with the 2013 Flux adding 9% Syrah and 7% Mourvedre to the mix. This wine shows classic Mediterranean roasted herbs, kirsch liqueur, strawberries and pepper in an exuberantly fruity, luscious, sexy, up-front style. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. Mark

Mark Herold 'Collide' Red Blend 2012
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "Another somewhat inexpensive wine from Mark Herold is the 2012 Collide, which is another creative blend and a major sleeper of the 2012 vintage. This is a blend of 30% Carignan from Mendocino, 27% Petite Sirah, 24% Tempranillo and 19% Graziano. I don’t think you’ll find another

Mark Herold 'Flux' Red 2009
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Deliciously pure and refreshing, with snappy, vibrant red berry, pomegranate, subtle dusty earth, road tar and dried herbal flavors that are all well-proportioned. Ends with crisp tannins that give the flavors traction. Grenache, Syrah, Carignane and Petite Sirah. Drink now