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!
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