The 2013 Marilyn Merlot is a deep rich carpet wine with purple hues that immediately catch one eye as it is poured in the glass.
The aromas exhibit good intensity with a complexity of dark, mature fruit hints of mocha, forest floor and earthiness characters. This merlot has a solid medium body, good structure, and well balanced with well integrated tannins. The flavors follow the aromas with added nuances of spice, cherry, and a bright lingering finish. Very enjoyable now but will reward with 5-8 years of aging.
Bernard Bruno (Bernard of Hollywood) took this photograph of Marilyn in 1952 for a publicity still for the movie Niagara. It was the movie that made Marilyn a star when it was released.
AWARDS--Gold 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
--89 Points Wine Enthusiast November 2017 Guide