The cabernet franc and merlot were handpicked from our Estate Bavarian Lion Vineyards. The slightly higher elevation combined with rich volcanic soil and warm sunny days create ideal growing conditions for the varietals that make Bordeaux or Meritage blends. Our 2008 Bellarina has a classic claret appearance of garnet red with light red hues. It is fragrant with red currants, sweet spice, rhubarb, and fresh herb impressions. On the palate, the wine has tart red cherry, raspberry, red plum, and black tea flavors. The wine finishes with hints of plum and vanilla. Drink now or cellar for 4-6 years.