Casillero del Diablo Carmenere Reserve 2005

Casillero del Diablo Carmenere Reserve 2005

Wine:  Casillero del Diablo Carmenere Reserve 2005

Price: $6.99

Region: Chile

Grape Variety: Carmenere

Purchased: Surdyk’s, Minneapolis, MN

Another wine I purchased due to its mention in Food & Wine magazine.  I’m beginning to be embarassed at the suspiciously low prices I’m paying, but this was yet another fantastic value.  I don’t think we’ve ever had a Chilean wine before, and the Carmenere grape was a mystery to me, so I consulted Karen MacNeil’s “The Wine Bible”.  She only briefly mentions it as one brought to Chile from Bordeaux in the late 1800’s.

Regarding this wine, our overall impression was that of a deep, dark sort of wine.  The color was intense as we made our first pour into the glass.  I’m not certain how to describe the nose, except to say that we found fruit, mostly raspberry.  This didn’t prepare us at all for the actual taste of this wine.  We expected more fruit in the mouth, but instead were treated to layers of chocolate and coffee and a little bit of leather and black cherry.  This wine was firm, with medium tannins, and a reasonable amount of alcohol.  The finish was smooth, and there seemed to be a bit of syrup and cocoa along the way.  Overall, this wine surprised us, but in a good way.  It was bold, but not overpowering, and we enjoyed it greatly with a simple meal of grilled chicken and asparagus. 

We purchased this wine through the Surdyk’s Fall 2007 wine sale.  Like all the wines we’ve found in Food & Wine, this is a great value.

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3 Responses to Casillero del Diablo Carmenere Reserve 2005

  1. Cathy says:

    I love that you’ve added pictures to your website. Your writing alone, makes me hungry & wanting a glass of wine, but adding the pictures just makes it that much more real. Beautifully done.

  2. joefriday says:

    Glad to see you FINALLY picked up a bottle of carmenere. It’s an amazingly undervalued wine that will be seeing a big surge in popularity soon. A similar wine that you should add to your list is malbec. There are plenty of great bottles of both varieties selling for under $10.

  3. Nate says:

    Joe, you finally chimed in! Good to hear from you!

    Technically, we’ve had this one in the cellar for a couple of months, but it’s the first we’ve gotten to it. I think every time we’ve had this sort of wine-urge we’ve gone for something Spanish. I’m just proud to say I had too much inventory. We’ve had a few bottles of Malbec along the way, and those have been very good. I’ve just started the blog, but I’ll definitely get them in when they come up in the dinner rotation.

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