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Release date: June 1, 2005 The 2003 Marilyn Merlot grapes were harvested by our longtime growers from vineyards in...Read more...
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Release date: June 1, 2005 The 2003 Marilyn Merlot grapes were harvested by our longtime growers from vineyards in the heart of the Napa Valley. Sam Shaw, Marilyn's favorite photographer and a lifelong confidant, shot this photograph of Marilyn. When asked about Sam Shaw, Marilyn said, "He always makes me look my best." 87pts (Two Puffs) Admittedly on the showy side, Marilyn has done well with her well-endowed Merlots." Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine About the Wine The 2003 vintage Marilyn Merlot is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. A substantial addition of Cabernet adds greater complexity to the nose and more structure to the mouth. This wine was barrel aged using 30% new wood to enhance the aromas of vanilla and roasted coffee. The fruity aromas and flavors are ripe and soft reflecting the maturity and quality of the grapes we harvested. All the vineyards for this wine are located in the heart of the Napa Valley ranging from the Oak Knoll District to the Rutherford District. -John McKay, Winemaker
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