Nova Wines 2004 Napa Valley "Marilyn Merlot" ($26.00)
This is a very dark ruby wine, black at the center and dark purple at the rim. Pleasant, accessible aromas offer the standard profile for New World Merlot: juicy black cherries, dark chocolate and a whiff of vanilla. Ripe and fruit-forward, the first taste follows the nose, luscious and almost soft, but it gains structure from fresh, mouth-watering acidity and gentle but perceptible tannins. US Importer: (May 27, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: An amiable companion with a wide range of meats and cheeses, it was a fine match with char-grilled Cornish hens.

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