Marilyn Merlot 2012
This is the first vintage we have seen in 4 years after some legal shenanigans which have, happily, now been resolved. The populist and rather fun branding is backed up by some serious credentials in fruit sourcing from top Napa Valley vineyards. Hints of cassis, raspberry, spice, and rhubarb are well integrated in the nose. From entry to finish this wine has an even, alluring presence on the palate with a nicely balanced medium body. Soft and silky, this alluring Merlot is good to go now but will also improve for another 5 to 8 years.