The Velvet Devil Merlot

Review By Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier                                                                                                                        The The Velvet Devil Merlot is purple in color with a heavy stain, this is definitely a dark wine. On the nose, the wine has aromas of fresh, ripe, red and black fruits. Black cherry, blackberry, and a little elderberry with a hint of mint and smoked meat. Very interesting and complex nose. On the palate the wine is full bodied and as the label hints…it is velvety. What is interesting is that the wine almost attains “fruit bomb” status, but is saved by its acidity along with supple tannins that add backbone and solid structure. The finish brings it home with subtle, dark earth and wet forest floor characteristics. Well made wine from vine to bottle. You can really tell that they take the entire process of winemaking very seriously. Check out our blog all about Merlot http://tanseyreviews.com/2016/05/01/the-unjust-exile-of-merlot/. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Review – 89 Points

Wine Advocate – 87 Points (2013 vintage)


97%
Dryness Level

80%
Fruit

60%
Oak

45%
Tannins

40%
Acidity


Wine Selection –  The Velvet Devil Merlot 

Producer – Charles Smith Wines

Style – Washington State Style (Big fruit, light oak, and medium acidity)

Varietals – 94% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 1% Cab Franc

Region – Columbia Valley Washington, USA

Alcohol – 13.6%

Food Pairing –  Steak with a red wine reduction, pizza, roasted pork, lasagna try this recipe from Ashleigh Tansey http://tanseyreviews.com/2016/10/14/mushroom-red-wine-reduction-steak/


From The Best Wine Critic of All Time Gary Vaynerchuck 

The Velvet Devil Merlot