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The Velvet Devil Merlot
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15½/20

The Velvet Devil Merlot 2016

Columbia Valley, Washington, United StatesRipe, dusky, and plush with eastern Washington sunshine, the 2016 vintage of The Velvet Devil blends 10% cabernet sauvignon and 1% malbec into the merlot, and takes grapes from numerous AVAs. The lot was whole berry fermented with native yeast, and then into French oak for 10 months (30% of which was new). Mocha, blackberry jam, red currant, light florals, and plush plum fill the plump palate, cut with a very tart and sharp acidity, leaving this finishing short and somewhat disjointed. For immediate consumption.Tasted: 05 August 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