This is the 14th vintage. It is a supple blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc grapes from the Napa Valley viticultural areas of Oakville, Rutherford and Yountville. Cinnamon and vanilla aromas from the oak compliment the milk chocolate and black cherry flavors of the fruit.
The photograph on the 1998 Marilyn Merlot is a departure from the "Hollywood" Marilyn, revealing a softer, more innocent view. While experimenting with costumes and make-up for "The Prince and the Showgirls", photographer Milton Greene shot this pristine "graduation picture" at Marilyn's request.