The 2000 Marilyn Merlot grapes came from our longtime growers whose vineyards range in location from Oak Knoll to St. Helena in the center of the Napa Valley. The stunning portrait of Marilyn featured on the 2000 Marilyn Merlot label is a sumptuous match for our 16th vintage. Photographer Milton Greene was inspired by an ill-fitting white dress during a 1954 photo session in his New York studio.
"The 2000 vintage Marilyn Merlot is a blend of 87% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. The addition of the two Cabernets gives the wine an increased floral fragrance and a more solid structure on the palate. Vanilla and milk chocolate aromas from French oak barrels nicely frame the ripe black cherry flavors of the fruit."