Celebrating Marilyn Monroe Merlot’s 30 anniversary!
This was another early and excellent quality year for growing grapes. We have small berries with good acidity and deep flavors. The 2014 Marilyn Merlot is a deep, rich scarlet wine with purple hues that immediately catches one’s 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, earthiness and mushroom 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 at least 5-8 years of aging.
Well made Merlots like this one pair well with many foods, from hamburgers to pizza, almost any meal is better with Merlot.
Marilyn Merlot has been lucky to have access to great Napa Valley vineyards, including again this year; Andy Beckstoffer’s Missouri Hopper from the Oakville Appellation. These great vineyards are the foundation of this wonderful wine.