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The Velvet Devil Merlot
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The Velvet Devil Merlot 2016

Columbia Valley, Washington, United StatesOpen, savoury black fruit aromas lead to an attack that's glossy smooth, but with ripe black fruit and soft, dense, deep tannins. The style is changing here, becoming more refined and less oaky. 2016 continues to turn down in intensity and sweetness, and dial up the savoury undercurrents. The fruit is grown on several sites including one of the oldest vineyards on the Wahluke Slope, planted in 1997. The blend is 89/10/1/ merlot, cabernet sauvignon and malbec, all aged ten months in 30 percent new oak. Rady to drink and terrific value for red wine lovers.Tasted: 22 June 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 16.99 BCLS MB 21.00 NS 19.00 ON 20.00 consignment - Lifford Wine Agencies AB 19.00 private wine shops Producer: Charles Smith WinesDistributors: Arterra Wines Canada
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 745299UPC: 00184745000195