The Region: The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia has a terroir that is affected by the deep Okanagan Lake and the surrounding mountains. The moderately cold but short winters and the hot summer temperatures allow for the production of an exceptionally well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Paso Robles, located on the Central Coast of California, enjoys a long growing season and a healthy harvest which is the perfect condition for growing high-quality Merlot! The blend of Cabernet and Merlot from these regions reign supreme. Limited Release Background: Last year, Winexpert brought us Eclipse Bourbon Barrel, the 4th in a series of annual Limited Release wine kits under the Eclipse brand. All four (Bourbon Barrel, Nocturnal, Forza, Super Tuscan) were a hit and became one of our best selling Limited Release wines ever. In fact, Bourbon Barrel and Forza are now regular Eclipse products due to its success!! The concept is to bring a special wine to the market that is not a permanent addition to the Eclipse lineup. Like the past 4 releases, we suspect Whisky Barrel will eventually be added to either the WinExpert's Selection or Eclipse product line as a permanent kit and will be around longer than traditional Limited Edition kits. Bourbon Barrel was our largest seller yet and we don't anticipate Whisky Barrel to disappoint!! Therefore, the Whisky Barrel will not be here forever. The Wine: A robust blend of California Merlot and full-bodied British Columbia Cabernet Sauvignon are the perfect partners in this delectably versatile blend. The ripe berry fruit flavors, the structured tannins, and the high acidity combine to create a wine that truly shines! The addition of peated and unpeated oak chips from genuine Whisky barrels adds nuances of vanilla, tobacco, and spice as inviting toasty notes on the nose lead to a long, smooth finish. Food Pairing: This wines versatility makes it a match for a variety of dishes! Keep it simple with pepperoni pizza or be creative and pair it with a rich, roasted leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic. This wine will practically go with just about anything. Or simply enjoy sipping on it solo over great conversation or other relaxing activities. Style: Bold Full Bodied Red Body: Full Oak: Whisky Barrel Sweetness: Dry Alcohol: 13.0% Labels Included: TBD Prior Limited Releases have been best selling Winexpert kits. This year's version, Whisky Barrel, is assured to impress our most discerning wine customers. Whisky Barrel will be a very solid addition to your wine cellars and you won't be able to keep enough on hand for friends and family!!