2010 Charles Smith "The Velvet Devil" Washington Merlot

SKU #1081606

It's hard to believe that this wine is ONLY $11.99--that's a lot of wine per dollar--that is unless you know Charles Smith. The man behind this value label, K Vintners and more, makes some of the sexiest wines from the Pac NW using fruit from fantastic vineyard sources. The 2010 Velvet Devil will make you rethink what you know about Merlot, and if you're still harboring some post-Sideways animosity, it will surely bring you back into the fold. (Get over it already!) Full of dark cherry, mocha, cigar box and licorice on the nose and palate. Smooth and sexy.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5