The legend is born. In 1891 Don Melchor de Concha y Toro, founder of Concha y Toro winery, reserved for himself an exclusive batch of the best wines he produced. To keep thieves away from this special private reserve, he spread the rumor that the Devil lived in the cellar. Hence the name of Casillero del Diablo, the Devil’s cellar.
A native French variety, this grape extinguished almost completely after the great phylloxera plague. It resurfaced in Chile at the end of the 20th century, where it breeds wines of intense color, soft and round tannins, and restrained acidity. Characteristic Itromas of chocolate, coffee and, in a subtler way, moist soil.
85% Carmenere, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah from Rapel Valley. Color of the wine is deep, dark purple. The wine is rich with dark plum and chocolate aromas with hints of coffee and toasty oak. On palate, there are notes of dark plums and spice, generousl framed by toasty American oak with a soft and well-structured mouth filling texture. It is ideal for matching with aged cheese.
Tasting Date: March 2011
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail Price on Tasting Date: $11.99