'Visionary Charles Smith has made good on his commitment to wine that is best enjoyed when young and vibrant. The Velvet Devil Merlot is out to redeem Merlot from its post-Sideways slump. This Washington Merlot shows hints of spearmint, cocoa, and ripe blackberry. A touch of oak adds a little vanilla and some backbone, making this smooth drink a choice for anyone looking for a good quaff. ~Daniel, Washington wine buyer'