Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Casillero del Diablo Devil's Collection 2013

I'm a big fan of Concha y Toro. Not content to sit on past successes, they keep coming up with new ways to keep themselves (and us) occupied. The most recent innovation is a new line for Casillero del Diablo, the Devil's Collection. This is aimed at younger, hipper crowd, with higher quality grapes and winemaking at a reasonable price point. I received 2 of the 3 wines to taste, with just the sparkler to try in the future.

Casillero del Diablo Devil's Collection 2013

Tasting Notes:
Devil's Collection Red: 60% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Carménère from Chile's Rapel Valley; 60% aged in French and American oak, 40% in stainless steel; consistency between nose and palate with plenty of dark fruit, earth, spice, and cocoa; integrated tannins give backbone and some peppery bite; 13.5% ABV; cork closure; SRP $15.
Devil's Collection White: 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Chardonnay, and 5% Gewürztraminer from the Casablanca Valley in Chile, hand and mechanically harvested; aged sur lie 8+ months in stainless steel; tropical, floral, stone fruit, and citrus aromas, with more of the same on the palate; 13.5% ABV; twist off closure; SRP $15.
Another quality line from Concha y Toro via the Casillero del Diablo label - great food wines that step up the complexity just a little bit but don't step up the prices too much.

Wines provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.

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