(2013 Vintage) The 2013 Marilyn Merlot is a deep rich carpet wine with purple hues that immediately catch one 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 and earthiness 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 with 5-8 years of aging.