Marilyn Norma Jeane Merlot 2012

Merlot from California

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Item No. 128137
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2011
  • WE88

Winemaker's Notes

The 2012 Norma Jeane is rich in color with a youthful hue. Dark berry flavors and moderate tannins complete the package.

Making a "young" merlot requires a coordinated effort on the part of the vineyard staff and winemakers to grow the grapes and make the wine with the knowledge that the wine is slated for an early release. Softer tannins, lower alcohol and fresh fruit flavors are essential for the wine's appreciation.

Learn About Marilyn

Marilyn Wines traces its origins to 1981, when a small group of friends started making wine at their home near St. Helena in the 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...

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Learn About Other California

California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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