Charles Smith

The Velvet Devil Washington State Merlot

8.6346 ratings
8.513 pro ratings
Washington, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2013 / Good ripened, very harmonious with veal / At restaurant ONE Roermond

Vintage 2013 / Good ripened, very harmonious with veal / At restaurant ONE Roermond

1 person found it helpfulMay 4th, 2019
Brian Ager

Begins with aromas of cedar and blackberry along with a certain herbal spicyness. The pallate, true to name, comes across quite velvety with flavors of juicy plum, blackberry, and hints of sage and cream. Definitely a step above the 2014 vintage I tasted previously. Overall an extremely well balanced and an easy to enjoy Washington Merlot! ($9) [1/26/18]

Begins with aromas of cedar and blackberry along with a certain herbal spicyness. The pallate, true to name, comes across quite velvety with flavors of juicy plum, blackberry, and hints of sage and cream. Definitely a step above the 2014 vintage I tasted previously. Overall an extremely well balanced and an easy to enjoy Washington Merlot! ($9) [1/26/18]

1 person found it helpfulJan 27th, 2018
Rebecca Fletcher

Ruby color. Red ripe berries, cranberry, coconut, violet, mocha, sweet tobacco, thyme and tea. M- acid, m tannin and finish. Red cherry, plum and sweet tobacco. Lean. Great price point.

Ruby color. Red ripe berries, cranberry, coconut, violet, mocha, sweet tobacco, thyme and tea. M- acid, m tannin and finish. Red cherry, plum and sweet tobacco. Lean. Great price point.

1 person found it helpfulJan 14th, 2016
Shawn R

Flat. Not much going on...

Flat. Not much going on...

Feb 3rd, 2016
Roger Cabrera

Not a good representation of Merlot. From color to palate, it had a complete identity crisis.

Not a good representation of Merlot. From color to palate, it had a complete identity crisis.

Jan 12th, 2016
Ryan Flinn

Like this - simple, fruity and rich.

Like this - simple, fruity and rich.

Nov 9th, 2015
Wine101Hamden

Medium bodied, lush plum skins with dried flowers & accents of minerality. Lots of character for and under $15 Merlot.

Medium bodied, lush plum skins with dried flowers & accents of minerality. Lots of character for and under $15 Merlot.

Sep 5th, 2015
Matt Sterr

Plush and rich. Native yeast fermented and barrel aged. Round and rich with balanced oak and fruit. 130,000 cases made of this solid value.

Plush and rich. Native yeast fermented and barrel aged. Round and rich with balanced oak and fruit. 130,000 cases made of this solid value.

May 27th, 2015
Gustavo Martin

Nice surprise this young merlot from Charles & Smith! Explosive aromas and elegant perfum, red fruits and violets!

Nice surprise this young merlot from Charles & Smith! Explosive aromas and elegant perfum, red fruits and violets!

Mar 21st, 2015
Rick Callan

Rich flavor. Good Halloween Merlot.

Rich flavor. Good Halloween Merlot.

Oct 24th, 2020