Merlot is our everyday favorite wine that takes the middle road between the Claret and the Cabernet Franc. A deliciously red-purple color belies the soft, embracing bouquet that is fragrant with cherries and raspberries. Easy to drink, the mouth feel is full on the palate, as layers of fruit unfold, accentuated by the subtle earthiness of the terroir. A lasting finish with balanced oak gives rise to the sense of finesse and charm. The wine pairs beautifully with any red meat, salmon, and yes, even pasta dishes with marinara sauce.