Monday, November 25, 2013

The Velvet Devil Merlot 2011

How can you pass up a wine with a name like this.  It is currently available at Costco in limited supply for $9.99.  The Velvet Devil Merlot is produced by Charles Smith Wines from the Columbia Valley in southeast Washington state.  The wine is composed of 83% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvingnon, and 3% Syrah.  Previous vintages did not have Malbec and Syrah so they will taste a little different if you find them.  The Charles Smith website specifies the 4 vineyards that are the sources for this wine.  They are not all officially within the Columbia Valley AVA so the label specifies this wine as from Washington State rather than specifying Columbia Valley.  (The State of Washington is the second largest producer of wine in the US, trailing California by a wide margin.)

I find this wine more flavorful than most merlots, probably because of the Cab, Malbec and Syrah in the blend.  Merlot has had less acceptance since the Sideways movie but I recommend that you give this a shot.  I think it will pair nice with a hamburger or pizza.  The label is plain white with black letters and a large pitchfork on the right side.  For this price you cannot go wrong but you should hurry because it may not be available long.