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Charles Smith Merlot Washington State the Velvet Devil 2010

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Pure velvet! Milk chocolate, wild blackberry, baking spice, rose oil...beautifully perfumed Washington in a glass....Velvet Devil? Hell yeah! Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 16.5/20 points by Decanter: Sweet, heady, ripe cherry nose. Medium-bodied, gentle and has charm, light tannins, delicious and bright. Drink: 2012. Alc: 13.5%.

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Charles Smith:
First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically ether simple, ... Read more
First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically ether simple, or is a wine that would be much better a few years down the road. ‘Modernist Project’ wines are about putting as much into the bottle as possible. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity with regards to variety—that is merlot that tastes like merlot—and to the vineyard—wine that tastes like where it was grown. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to their place of origin. Owner-winemaker Charles Smith with his big hair, kick ass attitude and bold packaging arrived in the Walla Walla Valley following eleven years in Scandinavia managing rock bands. Originally hailing from northern California, he has been involved with wine personally and professionally his entire life. Read less
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Snooth User: zinfandel1
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4.00 5
10/02/2012

This is what I envision merlot should be. It has nice floral notes and on the palate has some nice fruit and some gentle tannins that enhance this wine. Very nice finish. I am so sick of wimpy merlots that are nothing more than Kool- Aid on steroids. This is the real deal. I will continue to buy this merlot.


Snooth User: Jamie
6904613
4.00 5
03/15/2012

This wine stands up well to strongly-flavored foods. I enjoyed it with a spicy peanut-sauced Thai dish. Much better than other merlots I've tried at the same price point.


Snooth User: loveandprozac
1042585146
1.50 5
02/27/2012

After hearing quite a few good words on this wine, I must confess to being a bit disappointed. It's certainly a strong, brambley merlot, delivering a defining dose of marionberry, raspberry and smokey cedar. For a label whose concept is drink-now wines, however, the tannins are quite harsh and aggressive to the tongue. In short, it neither has the smooth elegance of an easy sipper, nor the complexity and structure to warrant meditation or food pairing. Will not purchase again.


Snooth User: justrightasrain
103111936
4.00 5
02/05/2012

Four glasses


External Reviews for Charles Smith Merlot Washington State the Velvet Devil

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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
03/01/2013

Fruchtiges Bukett nach einem Korb voller reifen Waldbeeren mit einer feinen Schokoladennote. Weicher, eleganter Auftakt, sehr fruchtig und harmonisch mit teuflisch samtigen Tanninen im Abgang.


External Review
01/23/2013

Classic Merlot aromas of dark cherries, cedar, pipe tobacco. Anise, stone and cherry blossoms. Yeah, believe it! Naughty and nice, a true Velvet Devil. -Charles Smith Alcohol:13.5% Total Acid: .59 pH: 3.66 ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
02/06/2013

PURE VELVET! Milk chocolate, wild blackberry, baking spice, rose oil...beautifully perfumed Washington in a glass....Velvet Devil? HELL YEAH!



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Pure velvet! Milk chocolate, wild blackberry, baking spice, rose oil...beautifully perfumed Washington in a glass....Velvet Devil? Hell yeah! Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 16.5/20 points by Decanter: Sweet, heady, ripe cherry nose. Medium-bodied, gentle and has charm, light tannins, delicious and bright. Drink: 2012. Alc: 13.5%.

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