Concha Y Toro Casillero Diablo Reserve Cab Chile 2009
Color: Beautiful and lively ruby red colour with brilliant hues. Aroma: The expression of cassis in this wine perfectly represents the Valle Central and its richness in fruit such as cherries and plums. The barrel ageing adds length thanks to the toast and coffee notes. Taste: Initially it shows its structure due to the strong tannins that end elegant and juicy. The fruit flavours are confirmed by the long and elegant after taste which is balanced in the barreling process. Food Pairing: Red meat, lamb ribs and stews with good presence of spices.
At $6.50 for the 1.5 liter bottle, this is amazingly good plonk! Mild nose, plummy start and middle, mostly one well-balanced note, good tannins on the finish. It paired very nicely with tonite's panchetta-based spaghetti alla Carbonara. I dare say it would complement a good pizza as well as any wine out there. I left ~750 ml in the decanter, looking forward to tomorrow's tasting!
External Reviews for Concha Y Toro Casillero Diablo Reserve Cab Chile
Here's proof that Chile and Cabernet go together like birds of a feather. The wine is full of black cherry and cassis flavors, and the mouthfeel is exceedingly fresh and proper. And the vanilla and chocolate-covered espresso beans on the finish are a classy ending touch.
Tar, leather and smoke, all qualities of serious Cabernet, make themselves noticed on the nose. The palate delivers black cherry, plum, cassis and all the usual suspects, while the mouthfeel is firm and solid. No complaints.
The cellar may be the Devil's but the wine is heavenly! It is smooth and elegant with good weight and flavor. Serve with steak and you will be on cloud nine!
A dizzying amount of wine comes out of this Chilean behemoth, and a dizzying amount of it is very good. The Casillero series - named for the useful myth that a devil lives in the barrel cellars at the winery - is one of their midpriced offerings and it is a great value. The 2001 Cab shows bold, mocha and ceder aromatics coming out of the oak, with the underlying blackberry fruit bubbling up around it. Moderately rich on the palate, it's bold, spicy and muscular.
Comfortable enough, with common aromas of black fruit, spice, earth and leather. Given that production on this wine is now a whopping million cases, anything palatable should be considered a success. Casillero has reasonably good plum, cassis and brambly flavors, with a hint of oak in support. The mouthfeel is narrow, but overall the wine tastes real.
Deep-toned, baked black cherry and nutmeg scents ride over the darker tropical chocolate astringency of the tannins. This full, ripe wine needs another six months to a year to mollify its tannins.
The oak shows prominently on the nose and the blackberry and chocolate flavors here are darker, but drier and less plush than in the Merlot. The cedar and black toast over dark fruit profile plays out, with tobacco accents, on the dry, tannic finish.