Pump, rich, and smooth, The Velvet Devil 2011 has great body and is
ideal for dishes like beef bourguignon, pasta with Bolognese sauce, or
duck. Washington Merlot is vastly different from California Merlot, and
this bottle truly lets the varietal shine.
Charles Smith named his Merlot The Velvet Devil for one very good
reason: It is super smooth. It carries classic Washington Merlot aromas
of dark cherry, cedar, and tobacco with a hint of anise. The tannins are
soft and smooth and give the wine a great, juicy mouthfeel. There is a
little Cabernet Sauvignon added to the wine to give it an extra velvety
quality of chocolate.
After falling in love, my heart was broken when I was told that this was a winery-only exclusive. But now I’m happy to say that this wine has finally made its way to New York and that I can offer it for you to enjoy.
Charles Smith is a self-taught winemaker who fell in love with Walla
Walla when he passed through in 1999 while on a road trip. In 2006, he
started his second brand, Charles Smith Wines, which he dubbed his
“modernist project.” Charles wanted to give the consumer good wines that
reflected the reality of how most of us drink the bottles we buy:
immediately. With a focus on both the vineyard and the varietal, Charles
Smith wines are approachable, everyday wines at a great price.