2019 Marilyn Merlot
Photo by Milton Greene
Marilyn went to live with Milton Greene’s family in Connecticut when her marriage to Joe DiMaggio ended. At first she just lived in her white bathrobe and spent hours soaking in bubble baths, soapy blonde hair piled on her head, skin pink and rosy as a Boucher* cherub. In March 1955, Milton shot Marilyn just after she finished her makeup, sporting the white terrycloth robe.
Winemaker Notes from Bob Pepi:
This wine immediately impresses upon pouring in the glass with its deep garnet color. There is a beautiful intensity and complexity of aromas that suggest a wonderful integration of a judicious amount of new oak that provides some nice spicy undertones to the rich dark fruit; with notes of mature plums, berries and cassis. Flavors follow with big bold structure and solid weight on the palate that is balanced and that linger nicely on the palate and the rich finish.
We were fortunate to have sourced the Merlot in this wine from 3 wonderful sub-appellations in Napa Valley, Carneros, Rutherford and Howell Mountain. To these Merlots we added a small percentage of Malbec, which is the Bordeaux grape variety that does so well in Argentina and the few plantings in Napa match that quality. I think the Malbec in this wine adds to the deep color and the silky weight on the palate.
Harvest Date: Late September – Mid October
Brix at Harvest: 24.7
Total Acid(g/L) 5.78
Res. Sugar(g/L) 0.53