The aroma of the Merlot will immediately remind you of what the British call a “Claret”, or a red from Bordeaux. Considering 62% of red grapes grown in Bordeaux are Merlot, this makes sense. Pretty red fruit and vanilla aromas with a hint of earth announce this wine has character. The cherry, raspberry, cola flavors are bright and smooth, the finish refreshing. This wine is a classic style that compliments many cheeses, nuts, duck dishes, prime rib, ravioli and other savory, not sweet or too spicy dishes.