To accompany Thanksgiving leftovers, Alec pulled from the wine cooler this Sauvignon Blonde, a label from Nova Wine series based on the legendary starlet Marilyn Monroe. The unique branding strategy was built on their Marilyn Merlot label but has expanded to include a premium label, and economy entry and some complementary labels such this one. I admit I have fallen prey to the whimsy of 'collecting' these uncustomary, not necessarily collectable worthy wines now holding almost two decades of Marilyn Merlot in our cellar. Indeed, my Nova Wines on-line label library features 29 vintages of the Marilyn Merlot label.
Unlike collectable wines that generally gain value as they age due to their distinction of being more rare as time passes, as bottles from the vintage are consumed, and based on their drink-ability over their aging/drinking life, these wines don't have the aging potential to improve and gain interesting character over an extended time. Rather, these wines' gain in value from aging is primarily due to the uniqueness and novelty of their labels.
Nova Wines Sauvignon Blonde Marilyn Sauvignon Blanc 2013
I reviewed this wine back in 2013 when I wrote, "This 2013 release Sauvignon Blonde is light straw colored, light bodied, crisp, clean, and flavorful with lemon citrus tones turning to pear and stone with a tangy long lingering finish. Great QPR (quality-price-ratio) in this collectable artist label series"
Today, a layer of pleasant green apple predominates before giving way to the pear, wet stone and whisper of apricot on the tangy lingering finish.
RM 88 points.