2011 Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot
This is a ripe and vibrant Merlot from Washington State that I think is an excellent bargain at Costco for only $9.99. It has a great, smooth mouthfeel compliments of its blend that contains small parts of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. I’m a big fan of Merlot dominated blends like this, and this one proves you can get a lot in a bottle like this under $10.Flavors are black cherry with some ripe blueberry mid palate. The tannins are soft and juicy, leading to a smooth ride all the way through; finishes up dry and lasting with some tobacco, a little pepper.
This is a nice package, not trying to do too much. It results in a very approachable wine that I think most fans of red wine would find to be a good buy.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 Points
Costco item number: 753996