The Velvet Devil Merlot 2007 wine review by (PB)
You know Charles Smith's wines; they have the labels that look like a third grader designed them but don't let that dissuade you from trying his wines. This one has a lighter garnet hue and bouquet more reminiscent of Pinot Noir than Merlot.
It gives off sweet chocolate aromas on opening which lighten to red berry aromas with a light chocolate under layer with touches of raspberry.
Palate--bread, powdered cocoa notes with sweet-tart berry flavors, integrated lean texture with a finish that is intriguing.
Smith and his Washington State creations tend to be solid values if not unique. This one is certainly unique. At $12 raise a glass.