Charles Smith

The Velvet Devil Washington State Merlot

8.6251 ratings
8.59 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
Heidi Harrison

For $10 on sale, you can't beat the blackberry, cocoa powder, earth, roses, eucalyptus, thyme, licorice, funk of this midweek quaffer. It's delicious #merlot

For $10 on sale, you can't beat the blackberry, cocoa powder, earth, roses, eucalyptus, thyme, licorice, funk of this midweek quaffer. It's delicious #merlot

5 people found it helpfulSep 29th, 2016
Brian Ager

This Washington Merlot is much different (and better in my opinion) than your typical budget California Merlot. Red plum, currant with cedar and a hint of pencil lead. It is a bit thin and hot on the finish, but overall still an interesting and tasty Merlot! ($9) [10/5/2016]

This Washington Merlot is much different (and better in my opinion) than your typical budget California Merlot. Red plum, currant with cedar and a hint of pencil lead. It is a bit thin and hot on the finish, but overall still an interesting and tasty Merlot! ($9) [10/5/2016]

2 people found it helpfulJul 7th, 2016
Zack Klug

Not much to drink at our local wine shop out here... At this price it's golden

Not much to drink at our local wine shop out here... At this price it's golden

Jun 15th, 2017
Andrew Lohse

Red berry, plum, cocoa, earth. On the lean side.

Red berry, plum, cocoa, earth. On the lean side.

Apr 19th, 2017
Kyle Groombridge

Actually a really strong effort for being $10. Their website says they aren't making crazy thought-provoking wines, but instead varietally-correct wines with a sense of Washington state terroir. I'd say they hit home on both counts - definitely tastes like merlot (which is hard to say for a lot at and around this price point) with notes of red plums, cherries, and chocolate with a hint of oak spice and fresh herbs (think basil and herbs de provence). Nothing crazy but very enjoyable for a Tuesday night.

Actually a really strong effort for being $10. Their website says they aren't making crazy thought-provoking wines, but instead varietally-correct wines with a sense of Washington state terroir. I'd say they hit home on both counts - definitely tastes like merlot (which is hard to say for a lot at and around this price point) with notes of red plums, cherries, and chocolate with a hint of oak spice and fresh herbs (think basil and herbs de provence). Nothing crazy but very enjoyable for a Tuesday night.

Feb 1st, 2017
Sean Trapani

Founder/Educator Wine Fluent, Consultant ABC Fine Wines & Spirits

8.6

Aptly named, with silky smooth tannins, accessible black fruit, and a gently spiced finish. A crowd pleasing #glugglug

Aptly named, with silky smooth tannins, accessible black fruit, and a gently spiced finish. A crowd pleasing #glugglug

Dec 30th, 2016
R. Addison Wehrfritz

Patrick Cappiello said it best 'juicy, round, fruit forward, hint of sweetness that balances the acid, low tannin.' #greatvalue

Patrick Cappiello said it best 'juicy, round, fruit forward, hint of sweetness that balances the acid, low tannin.' #greatvalue

Oct 29th, 2016
Paul Weil

Very smooth and more restrained, less jammy than prior vintages, this merlot is a great value at this price point. It is a sold mellow coffee berry flavor.

Very smooth and more restrained, less jammy than prior vintages, this merlot is a great value at this price point. It is a sold mellow coffee berry flavor.

Sep 16th, 2016
Starven Marven

Getting bought a wine because of the name hardly ever goes this well. This was a fair and balanced devil

Getting bought a wine because of the name hardly ever goes this well. This was a fair and balanced devil

May 27th, 2019
Ole-Alexander Ekeli Valen

Dark red colour. Flavour and smell of licorice and vanilla with a touch of cherry through it all. Smooth tanins with a semi-dry finish. Strong aftertaste of vanilla. A complex wine that starts hard with a strong taste and tanins, but with a smooth semi-dry vanilla taste.

Dark red colour. Flavour and smell of licorice and vanilla with a touch of cherry through it all. Smooth tanins with a semi-dry finish. Strong aftertaste of vanilla. A complex wine that starts hard with a strong taste and tanins, but with a smooth semi-dry vanilla taste.

Dec 8th, 2018