Marilyn Wines

2014 Marilyn Merlot

Merlot

California: Napa Valley: St. Helena

Offer Expired:Dec 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm
$32.00
Avg. Price

Mission Briefing

Codename:

Gentlemen prefer reds

Today’s wine is truly one of the best under-$35 Merlots that we’ve ever featured. Our entire tasting panel absolutely loves this balanced, wonderful wine.

Today’s wine is no novelty or ‘celebrity’ wine. In fact, all of the Marilyn wines that we have tasted are serious wines for serious wine drinkers.

What did we find when our panel spent a lot of time with today’s Marilyn Wines 2014 Marilyn Merlot? We found a juicy, elegant and downright delicious red wine that will pair with almost anything!

This aromatic wine san be sensed from several feet away! Aromas leap from the glass, with bright Bing cherry, cherry bark, red plum, pomegranate, red current, raspberry, cherrywood, chocolate covered cherry and subtle oak.

As juicy, flavorful and delicious as the nose initially suggests. Bing cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, wild strawberry, cedar, cocoa, mild toasty oak, cocoa powder, subtle savory brown spice and a hint of white pepper.

It is no wonder that today’s Merlot is so good. When you combine Merlot from Andy Beckstoffer’s fabled Missouri Hopper Vineyard, in the Oakville Appellation, with the impressive talents of winemaker Jim McKay, the magic that ensues is wonderful.

Very highly recommended.

Tasting Profile

Look:

Deep, dark garnet, with a much darker, nearly opaque core. At the edges, a wide band of ruby circles the glass. Short, ropey legs move very slowly down to the wine below.

Smell:

This aromatic wine san be sensed from several feet away! Aromas leap from the glass, with bright Bing cherry, cherry bark, red plum, pomegranate, red current, raspberry, cherrywood, chocolate covered cherry and subtle oak.

Taste:

As juicy, flavorful and delicious as the nose initially suggests. Bing cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, wild strawberry, cedar, cocoa, mild toasty oak, cocoa powder, subtle savory brown spice and a hint of white pepper.

Finish:
This wine starts off juicy and lightweight across the entire palate. Then, something wonderful happens… a plushness sets in, all over the palate, giving the wine a softy chewy and grippy feeling.
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As the fruit flavors gradually tail off, notes of chocolate, espresso bean and brown spice emerge - and then persist for a very long time. At the very end of this nearly-endless finish, white pepper is detected at the tip of the tongue and all along the gum line.
Pairing:

Merlot is a food friendly wine to begin with, but today’s brightly hewn wonder would work with a full array of pairing choices. Why not try a bold pairing choice, like grilled fish with cilantro, lime and cracked pepper - or on the other extreme, a big plate of saucy ribs!

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
John McKay
Varietal
Merlot
Composition
97% Merlot
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3% Petit Verdot
Vintage
2014
Appellation
St. Helena, Napa County
Abv
14.1%
Brix
25.8
RS
.12
pH
3.66
TA
0.62g/100ml
Bottling date
July 1, 2015

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Dec 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm
$32.00
Avg. Price
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