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The aromas in this wine are bright, with notes of herb, tire rubber and red currant, with the oak influence dialed back. The fruit flavors are lighter styled, direct and pure, going down easy with blue-fruit flavors on the finish. It’s a pleasant easy drinker.

— Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast September 2017

2015 Vintage

Fresh, vivid and appealing, with floral overtones around a polished core of currant and cranberry flavors, lingering deftly. Drink now through 2019.

— Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator December 2015

2013 Vintage


Burger with all the fixin’s, Grilled steak, Bacon anything

Tasting Notes

As advertised, this smooth Merlot offers pure velvet, deep and delicious black fruit, cedar, tobacco and cassis. It conveys concentrated richness and yet purity and focus. It’s so good that it appears the devil made me do it.


2016, 89% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec, Washington State

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2014 Washington Merlot

Wine Enthusiast 2017

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2013 Columbia Valley Merlot

Wine Enthusiast May 2016

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2013 Columbia Valley Merlot

Wine Enthusiast May 2016

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2013 Columbia Valley Merlot

Wine Enthusiast May 2016

The Velvet Devil is a smooth Merlot by Charles Smith Wines from Washington State

The Velvet Devil


When Hollywood’s surprise hit Sideways suddenly spawned anti-Merlot sentiments everywhere, Charles set out to rebuff the movie’s unflattering depiction of this great varietal. One sip of this bold, sultry creation and you’ll know he succeeded at making Merlot sexy again.