Best Buy! One of Washington’s largest productions of Merlot also serves as a delicious example of what the state is doing with the variety, despite a vintage that started three weeks late. Its inviting nose hints at dark cherries, blackberries, fresh espresso, cherry wood and Costa Rican cardamom. On the palate, it’s big, smooth and well balanced with sweet blackberry, cherry, coffee and vanilla. Austere tannins merely add to the length that’s extended by rich chocolate. Among the pairings suggested by culinary director John Sarich is Roasted Pork Loin with Morel Mushroom-Merlot Sauce.