Samples of Casillero del Diablo? Yes, please! And they didn't disappoint - we tasted 4 reds, and all were really tasty wines, good for both sipping and complementing dinners.
A simple pizza and this Cabernet Sauvignon made for a dynamic pairing -- dark cherry and earth flavors, moving into a lingering cocoa finish were good foils for the tomato sauce's acidity and the green flavors of the broccoli.
Maybe my favorite of the reds (hard to choose), this 2011 Reserva Carmenere was earthy plum on the nose, cocoa, plum and bright berry flavors with a black pepper bite, nicely balanced, and smooth finish to add to the luxurious mouthfeel.
The Casillero del Diablo Merlot was a deep, dark ruby red, with green pepper and dark plum flavors, a surprising bit of a zing towards the end, then into a nice long finish.
The 2012 Pinot Noir has a darkish ruby red color, muskmelon (a bit offputting at first) and red cherry scents, earthy tart dark cherry flavor, with a smooth finish. From the original musky aroma, we weren't sure we'd like this wine, but it opened up beautifully.
Retailing around $10, these wines tasted far above that price, a great Quality Price Ratio!
Disclaimer: I received these wines for tasting purposes -- all opinions are my own.
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