The 21st vintage of the wines that celebrate the Hollywood goddess are not fluff. They are produced off top Napa Valley vineyards by Nova Wines in Napa. This release, which (as usual) came out on her birthday, June 1, bears a classic image of the starlet, an absolute sweetheart. The nose is cassis, smoky oak, and hot spice. The palate is "sweet" and intense, with chocolatey texture and ripe, supple tannins. The finish is long, and rounds out the tasting experience. It's a big, gracious, full-bodied wine, still tightly wound. The label is another exquisite photo of Marilyn Monroe -- just her head and arms, resting on a pillow -- the eyes dreamily half open. This is collector's material -- in case you didn't know. (This is a review from 1997.)
The wine has been meticulously stored but serves ultimately for its collectable beauty and not necessarily for its drinkability. There is no guarantee for the wine itself, but the bottle and label are in perfect condition, thereby enhancing its collectability.