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by Jerry Hall.
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The Velvet Devil Merlot 2014 reviewed and photographed by Jerry Hall on Winewaves & More.
  • The Velvet Devil Merlot 2014 tempts you to pick it up even if you're not sure about hanging out with a Merlot. This Columbia Valley red is by Charles Smith, maker of the superb Kung Fu Girl Riesling and many others. The aromas are cherry, cedar, leather and tobacco, and on the tongue it's fleshy and tart, earthy, with lots of tannins that do feel velvety. It's structured like a Bordeaux but with Washington State fruitiness. Yes, pick it up, take it home and drink it. Screw cap. 13.5% ABV. Local price/750 ml: 13.