Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Velvet Devil Merlot

Velvet DevilI’m not always a fan of Merlot, but this little devil enticed me.

The Velvet Devil is a rich, fruit-forward red wine, with a nose of strawberry and tobacco. This is almost entirely Merlot (99%) with a little Cabernet (1%) added to it, and like most Charles Smith wines, they are developed for how people drink wine today: immediately.

The flavors reminded me of Dr. Pepper, which is admittedly kind of weird for a red wine, but I really liked the smooth, soft dark fruit flavors, just a hint of licorice, and a surprisingly long smoky finish for a wine in this price range.

Another gem from Washington State, with a Merlot that drinks far above it’s $11 price tag!

3.5-corksOn my five-cork scale based on taste and value, I give the 2013 Velvet Devil Merlot 3.5 corks!

If you’d like to try interesting wines like this at our next Wine Wednesday Tasting Party at Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille – where you’ll find this on the wine list – click here to win a spot on the guest list!

Brian Demay

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