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Marilyn Wines

Marilyn Wines Marilyn Wines traces its origins to 1981, when a small group of friends started making wine at their home near St. Helena, in Napa Valley. One evening in 1983, over dinner and a bottle of homemade Merlot, the concept of "Marilyn Merlot" was born. The wine enjoyed a good deal of popularity around the valley and was often donated to charity auctions and given as Christmas gifts. In 1985, the playful idea and the fine wine that bore its name led to the limited production of Marilyn Merlot for sale to the public. Over the years, continuing acclaim from critics, collectors, and lovers of fine wine have led to the production of Marilyn Cabernet, Norma Jeane wines, the Velvet Collection wines, and our eighteenth vintage of Marilyn Merlot. Marilyn Wines holds an exclusive agreement with the estate of Marilyn Monroe for the use of the name and the images. The royalties paid are distributed according to Marilyn's will to Anna Strasberg who helps support the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and to the Anna Freud Foundation in London, which has set up a special child treatment center called the Monroe Young Family Center.


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7830-40 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville, CA, US, 94562 Email:
Phone: 707-963-5475 Web:
Fax: 707-963-5459
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  Marilyn Cabernet
Beginning with the 1993 vintage, Marilyn Cabernet wines have been produced each year in very small quantities of individually numbered bottles. The first five vintages of Marilyn Cabernet - 1993 through 1997 - feature labels designed by Susann Ortega of Ortega Design Studio as variations of a single photograph of Marilyn Monroe. These vintages also comprise a vertical collection. A second five-year vertical collection is now available through 2002. The 1998 through 2002 Marilyn Cabernets also feature label art derived from a single photograph of Marilyn Monroe, each one a variation digitally rendered by designer Susann Ortega.
  Marilyn Merlot
While the concept and engaging artwork of these wines has given them a degree of fame, it is the wine in the bottle that merits the favor of those who seek it every year. All vintages carry the Napa Valley appellation (except for the 1987 vintage, which was imported from France). The wines are made at the Cult Wine Central in Oakville, California. Some of Napa Valley's finest vineyards contribute to the blend, which is typically about 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
  Norma Jeane
The 2006 Norma Jeane is as fresh and delightful as our earlier vintages -- clean, bright and brimming with aromas and flavors of bing cherries and tropical fruit.


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