MERLOT – Charles Smith Velvet Devil
USA, Washington 2014
A kick-ass Merlot from the 2nd largest wine drinking county in the world… dark cherries, cedar, and pipe tobacco. Named the ‘Velvet Devil’ due to it’s soft, smooth velvety texture.
Hellraiser turned winemaker… winemaking is the new rock ‘n’ roll. Or in Charles Smith’s case it is the new Danish thrash metal. Charles spent a decade in Europe managing various bands you have never heard of (unless you misspent your youth in disused warehouses near the Copenhagen ring road) before seeing the light and heading to Washington State to plant vines. Jump forward a dozen vintages or so and Charles still has the hair, the t-shirts and the hell-raising attitude of his music days, but he has replaced the guitar pick for a corkscrew and the Jack Daniels for some supremely elegant Riesling and Syrah. Charles’ ethos is all about making wines to be enjoyed now and when the juice is this good, why wait?