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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Wine | Charles Smith Wines The Velvet Devil Merlot 2017 in Review "What's it All Mean?"

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The Velvet Devil Merlot 2017

APPELLATION: Columbia Valley, Washington State
WINERY: Charles Smith Wines

VARIETAL: 89% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec
ALCOHOL: 13.5%

NOTES:
Black currant | Cedar | Smoky

Robust because bodacious seems laterally juvenile. Big & bold. Bombastic, say? Well-structured & Velvet Elvis smooth. Campy, see? Still -- fun not frivolous. Focused. The bouquet is of dark no darker fruitiness w/ smoky lilt. Bit of a black peppery kick to the boozy olfactory. Fruits go to the top of flavors led by black currant w/ black cherry attachment.

Woods... seasoned humidor Spanish cedar & something of a stiff tobacco stem/stalk. O A K as it lives & breaths. All easy grasps, wanting to be grasped. Wanting drunk & to go down easy. Undertones are just as concentrated as their overs, dryly-so. Vanilla bean, plum. Crisp. Lively... oh, fine... Bodacious. Cocoa, clove. I get the feeling of little to no finagling, scant fingerprints. All grapes.

Locked & loaded for bang rn, not l8r. Drink by today. Finishes quite sweetly, darkly, nice oomph, never limp. Then tightly tidy. A rockstar who cleans the motel room he trashed. Not complex but driven af. I almost forgot looks, kinda did. I drank it all. Close my eyes and my memory is of burgundy shag carpet. paneled walls. Paisley. What's it all mean? Who knows. A seriously fun pour, this. Altho also a bit of a faux dive, really.

ADDENDUM: pair with Hawaiian pizza.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::