Expert's Choice: Washington

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This state offers less oak, extraction and general bling than Napa Valley, says Stephen Brook, and the best of these fresh wines can age for 20 years in bottle, too. See Stephen's top 18 reds and whites from Washington...
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Washington, Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot 2011
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Charles Smith, The Velvet Devil Merlot 2011

Charles Smith, The Velvet Devil Merlot 2011
Primary red and black berry fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied but very ripe, with bright acidity and a long, spicy finish. Good value. 16.5pts/20 (88/100pts)
Price £11.95–£14 Aged in Oak, Slurp
Drink 2013–2015
Alc 13.5%

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