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2011 The Velvet Devil Merlot — Columbia Valley 83% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% SyrahView all products by Charles Smith Wines
94% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc make up the velvety rich wine from Charles Smith vineyards from the Columbia Valley in Washington State. Washington is known for cooler temperatures and a misty climate. The Cascade mountains help to shield a lot of damaging weather to the vineyards. The soil is mostly sandy allowing for good drainage thus preventing the infestation of a common root disease called Phylloxera.
This winery was founded by Charles Smith in 2006 who aimed to create ready-to-drink wines requring no aging. A srew cap allows for easy opening and portability.
The aromas are that of cherry, cedar and black cherry, with an intense cherry, blackberry and some tobacco on the finish which is clean and lingers for a full mouth feel. Letting this wine sit in the glass for 10 to 15 minutes will help to enhance the flavors and bring out the aromas while burning off any surface alcohol. The best foods to pair with this wine are lamb chops, steaks, pork chops, beef stew and hearty soups. This wine can also be enjoyed by itself due to its rich velvety texture on the pallate.
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