Generous, bright red currant, black cherry and dark plum character—laced with Earl Gray tea, spice and dark chocolate nuances—fill the aromas of our 2012 Barrel Select Merlot. The sumptuous red and black-fruit flavors expand across the palate in layers of textured velvet. Hints of vanilla and baking spice from aging in French oak barrels add even more complexity to the long, rich finish. With its softer structure and enticing fruitiness, this Merlot makes a versatile companion to both red and white meats. Great pairings include lamb kabobs with cracked wheat; roast turkey with hazelnut stuffing; roast pork loin rubbed with autumn spices; or grilled eggplant, peppers and mushrooms.