Hard Row to Hoe is owned and operated by Judy and Don Phelps in Manson, Washington. This particular Merlot comes from the Riverbend Vineyards located in the Wahluke Slope appellation. It's yet another Merlot from Washington state that grabs you by the back of the head and says, "I'm gonna rock your world so buckle up — Kansas is going bye bye."
You'd expect a red wine named Shameless Hussy to be like a riverboat dancer on Xanax. For twenty bucks this wine delivers. What is delivers depends on what you're looking for. It's a sweeter, jammier fruit driven wine dealing black fruits like blackberry, black cherry and marionberry. There's distinct vanilla and spices, that combined with the fruits gives you a sense of blackberry pie in a glass.
This is a fun wine. There's no need to analyze it and pick out the tasting notes, just pour it in a glass and rock n' roll. Every now and then I get a hankerin' for a jammy style wine, and this one will scratch that itch. The alcohol level on the label says 13.8% but it comes across more like 14.7%. It's a little hot at first so if you're looking for a food pairing, something with some heat will offset the sweetness. Red meats like flank steak or new york strip do well with generous salt and pepper along with some chili flakes. The chili flake part is the secret that'll make many red meats marry up with the hussy. Visit the winery web page at HardRow.com.
I don't give scores, but I would suggest picking up a bottle to see what Shameless Hussy has to offer you. If you don't like Merlot, Washington state might change your mind. Cheers!
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