Merlot

Charles Smith, The Velvet Devil, Washington, 2013

True to its name, velvety.  Complex and just-so-right flavors, pipe tobacco, bing cherry, dried rose petals with a blend of subtle herbs and spice.  $32

Shafer, Napa Valley, California, 2010

Broad, chewy and dark red.  Musky currant and milk chocolate aromas are complemented by smoke oak. Rich and truffley on the palate, with inviting sweetness to the flavors of cherry, licorice, coffee bean and fresh herbs.  Finishes with sweet tannins and a very good persistence.  $90

Pedestal, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2005

Substantial and rich.  Distinct blackberry and cream flavors with mocha notes through the long, generous finish.  $84

Sycamore Lane, California, 2012

Medium body with black Cherry and plum notes, Oak aged. $6.5/glass   $26/bottle